A Chicago teen fired for needing cancer treatment is speaking out this week, and what he truly wants is a simple apology. The 19-year-old, Jonathon Larson, says that he was fired from his job at a Naperville restaurant because he requested a considerable amount of time off to undergo medical attention and recover from spinal surgery. Canada Journal News reports this Sunday, November 23, 2014, that Larson worked as a delivery driver, and felt his unexpected canning was wrong and unprofessional.
In a story that pulls at the heartstrings, a Chicago teen fired due to having cancer wants a small form of justice this week. Jonathon Larson, a 19-year-old deliver driver suffering from an uncommon but aggressive form of brain cancer, alleges that he was let go from his job because of his health condition. The teen says that after he told managers he would need time off for treatment and even major surgery, he got the boot.
Although some readers commenting on this viral story have said the teen should consider suing the suburban restaurant and his employers if he can build a case, all that Larson says he wants is an apology and an acknowledgement over the way the situation was handled. The 19-year-old shared his health struggles with a news source earlier this week, admitting he fights for his life each and every day.
“I have cancer of the brain and spine,” he revealed. Larson went on to share that as a result of his medical condition, the Chicago teen fired from his job has a difficult time performing even simple task. His delivery job was important to him, especially considering that standing for a prolonged period of time became painful for him. Previous surgeries, radiation therapy, and ongoing medicines have made his body and bones sensitive and weak, he noted.
Now, shares My Fox 8 News this weekend, the 19-year-old wants to tell the public at large his side of the story. He says he was let go from his job when his previous employer — which has been identified as Rosebud, a Chicago suburb restaurant — got wind that he would need up to six weeks away from work in order to recover from a back and spine procedure necessary because of his cancer.
“He said, ‘So you’re going to leave me high and dry like that,’” said Jonathon. The determined teen says he was willing to return to work after the surgery to keep making deliveries, but was then asked to leave the establishment. “[The manager] said, ‘No by that time I’ll already have another driver hired. Just leave. I have to make some phone calls … I’m really disappointed and saddened by it. It’s not something I can help, treated disrespected and demeaned.”
Media sources have reached out to Rosebud regarding the matter. The restaurant company stated this Friday in an official statement that due to issue being a personnel case, information cannot be disclosed and further comments cannot be made at this time. One official added that they were examining the case at once, and strives to treat all of its employees with dignity and respect.
“[We] are thoroughly investigating this matter to determine if our processes and protocols were appropriately followed Rosebud proudly serves the Chicagoland community and considers it our mission to treat all employees fairly,” said the statement. Jonathon, for his part, disagrees.
The Chicago teen fired just wants an apology at this point for the treatment he has gone through. “I would love an apology,” the 19-year-old said. “It would go a long way to make me feel better about the situation.” The investigation is still pending as of Sunday afternoon. Readers, where do you stand on the issue?