On receiving diagnosis of a terminal illness most people would expect sympathy and support from their employer. Especially if you’d been a long serving, hardworking employee. The last thing most people would expect is to be forced from their job at such a difficult time.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to Jacci. In 2012 Jacci was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Rather than supporting her at this tough time, her employer, a textile company, attempted to force her from her job – a job she loved and relied on to make a living.
Luckily, Jacci had the strength and resilience to fight back. She teamed up with her GMB representatives to fight this injustice, and in the process discovered hundreds of other people with similar experiences – forced from their work because of a terminal diagnosis.
The result of Jacci’s experience and the discovery of this widespread problem is the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign to make terminal illness a protected characteristic.