Terminated for being sick is perhaps the most painful experience an employee could undergo especially if the illness is not just ordinary fever or flu but stage 3 cervical cancer. This is the devastating experience of one overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Hong Kong in the person of Baby Jane Allas.
Baby Jane is a single mother of five children who went to Hong Kong in 2017 to work as a domestic helper. According to the post of a Facebook user and Baby Jane’s fund raiser, Jessica Papadopoulos, she was not treated well by her employer. She was not given enough food and that her employer “counted the slices of bread” and “told her how many eggs she could eat” each week.
She worked beyond her working days and hours for she was also forced to work on her day off because her employer asked her to walk the dog and do other things. Baby Jane did not complain about the bad treatment of her employer because she was just waiting for the day her contract would end so she could move out and look for a new employer.
In the end of 2018, Baby Jane became so ill but she only saw a doctor for the first time on January 20, 2019. She was working very hard and could not get an ample time to go and see a doctor. The urgent visits to the doctor were always postponed because her employer was not willing to give her free time to go for a check up.
On January 20, she was able to see a doctor and was given a provision diagnosis of cervical cancer. A biopsy was done on her to confirm the diagnosis which eventually gave light to how severe the cancer is. She was diagnosed with stage 3 three cervical adenocarcinoma.
Matters became worst when her employer gave her a termination notice on February 17th that says her last day of employment was February 19th. The letter read:
Your last working day was 24 January 2019…
Reason for termination (if any): Diagnosed with cervical cancer…
Given your medical conditions, I am no longer able to continue your employment effective from 19 February 2019.
Wish you good health.
Baby Jane is presently suffering not only from her cancer but also from her inability to pay for her treatment. Papadopoulos, her fund raiser is asking for donations to augment the financial support they could give for her treatment.
Source: South China Morning Post