Jun 24, 2009 - 4:10 pm
I was diagnoised with NHL back in April 2008. At the time I was working for AT&T Wireless as a sales consultant. AT&T did have a good medical program and I was able to take FMLA for about 6 months so I could go through Chemo treatments, two operations and seven trips to the hospital. I went back to work in late October 2008 and was told shortly after that I was in remission.
Upon my return to work I was finding it had to concentrate on what I was doing. I also had trouble with multi-tasking and found myself having to write down alot of things such as logins and passwords and steps in completing certain processes.
On May 18 of this year I was fired from my job for misconduct. AT&T claimed that I had put data features on a customers account without their knowledge. The customer had bought a new phone and part of company policy is to add a data feature package to the account in order for the customer to get a phone at a lesser price. It was also required in order to get the mail-in rebate. The customer was aware of this but the only thing I did wrong was to not add the feature at the time of sale but rather I added it later. I had simply forgotten to add the feature at the time of sale.
What I am wondering here is if I might have a case due to what is know as chemo brain. I have read some articles about it but dont know if it might be a good enough reason to support my case. I truly believe my ability to perform my job may have been caused by chemo brain even though my last treatment was in October 2008. I have read that the effects of chemo treatments can last for up to two years.
I have been in the wireless business for over 12 years and I am a family man with a wife and two kids so I had nothing to gain here by trying to pull a fast one past a customer.