After her strife with a double mastectomy, Daphne Richards was on her way to winning the battle against breast cancer. However, unforeseen events with her employer brought a dense haze to her small silver lining. When she returned to work, she had learned that she had been demoted from her management job at Chick-Fil-A and cut off from her insurance. This was obviously not the path she thought she was headed towards after her struggle with her cancer during her medical leave.

 

Before Richards began working at Chick-Fil-A in Thornton, Colorado, she had been living in Indiana with her two children. When she learned of Chick-Fil-A’s values and healthcare coverage, she knew she wanted to work for the franchise. She moved and took a job as shift manager late last year at an independently franchised Chick-Fil-A owned by Barrie Goettsche.

 

In May of this year, Richards was told she had cancer in both of her breasts. She was told she would need a double mastectomy and weeks to recover from the surgery.

 

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Although Richards did not qualify for continuing benefits under the Family Medical Leave Act, the company paid for the costs. When she returned to work, she learned the devastating news from the store owner of Chick-Fil-A. The owner stated, “I no longer have a full-time management position for you, and you will no longer be receiving healthcare benefits after September.”  Richards was told it was because the business was “restructuring.”  Not only was Richards being demoted with the removal of her healthcare, she was also not going to be receiving the same pay and hours as she had before the surgery. Her pay was reduced from $14 to $10 per hour, and she would be only working 10 to 15 hours per week instead of 40.

 

Despite being told these excuses for her job title and pay, the owner said the change was the result of the owner being troubled about how her full-time job would affect her after the surgery. Later, Chick-Fil-A announced that Richards was demoted for being written up twice before her leave, and there were problems with her performance.

 

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The write-ups claimed Richards’ performance was being questioned because of her attitude, tardiness, and unprofessional appearance. These notes also appeared to have the incidents listed, but were not in chronological order. The first incident in the notes occurred on June 25, then the second was listed on June 23. The lack of sequential order suggests that the company produced these notes according to their motivation for demoting Richards.

 

Richards also stated that she never saw the documents that complained of her behavior, which means she never signed them, either.

 

Although discrimination in the workplace is not a popular topic, it happens everywhere in every state and city. Luckily, Richards spoke up about the discrimination she is going through at her workplace and is working towards clearing her name.

 

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