Going Back To Work After Cancer

As a cancer patient, your most important job is focusing on your recovery. However, you likely still rely on your other job to pay the bills. At Lavi & Ebrahimian in Los Angeles, we assist clients throughout California who need to protect their rights when going back to work after cancer treatment or medical leave.

Going back to work after taking time off because of cancer is often exciting and gratifying, but it can also be challenging for both employees and their employers. There are several keys to making this transition as painless as possible:

  1. Talk to your doctor. When and how you choose to return to work may depend on your health, the type of work you do and your unique recovery. Your doctor can help you determine when it is appropriate to start working again and recommend strategies to adjust to working again.
  2. Communicate with your employer. You may wish to arrange a meeting with a human resources representative or speak directly with your manager. Ask about any programs that may be available to you and inquire about flexible work arrangements if you need them.
  3. Know that you are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Your employer is required to make any reasonable accommodations that do not require undue hardship. These may include modifying your hours, moving you to a more accessible office or providing breaks for rest or medication. Learn more about patient rights in the workplace.
  4. If something goes wrong, talk to a lawyer. If you are terminated unfairly, harassed or treated differently from your co-workers because of your illness, there are ways to protect your rights. A knowledgeable employment law attorney can help you evaluate your options and bring any appropriate claims.

At Lavi & Ebrahimian, LLP, our team of trial attorneys focuses on fighting for workers in Beverly Hills and the entire Los Angeles area. To schedule a free initial consultation, please contact us online, or call 310-432-0000.