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This guide was written with the belief that the more information you have, the better educated you will be in making informed decisions on your own behalf. Resources are powerful tools when utilized. We sincerely hope that this guide will offer you the tools that you need to answer your questions.

First My Illness...Now Job Discrimination was inspired by patients and family members who work diligently at fighting a disease and for the right to treatment. The Patient Advocate Foundation would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and other professionals who assist patients and their families in these battles everyday. We would especially like to thank patients and professionals who were willing to discuss their needs and concern which brought about the idea for this brochure.

We express our gratitude to the entire National Legal Resource Network for all of your assistance with the many questions asked and answered in the preparation of this publication. The following attorneys also supplied great insight into the types of questions frequently asked by those facing job discrimination in their initial interviews with attorneys.

Gary L. Tysch, Esquire
Leibovic & Tysch
Sherman Oaks, CA
Larry Segal, Esquire
Leibovic & Tysch
Sherman Oaks, CA
Nancy Wimmer, Esquire
Temple Legal Aid Office
Philadelphia, PA
Judith Meyer, Esquire
Law Offices of Judith Meyer
Avon, CT
Loring N. Spolter, Esquire
Loring N. Spolter, P.A.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Richard Carter, Esquire
Carter & Coleman
Alexandria, VA
Richard Neuworth, Esquire
Lebau & Neuworth, LLC
Baltimore, MD

We would like to acknowledge the U.S. Department of Labor for providing guidance to local and national resources, websites and publications. Prominently quoted are the publications Compliance Guide to the Family Medical Leave Act, the EEOC website and the current listed language of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We further acknowledge attorney Sheldon Weinhaus, Esquire, for the use of his article, "Issues Involving Antidiscrimination Statutes: Title VII and the ADA" which added to the development and expansion of this publication.

We would like to especially thank the members of our Editorial Review Board for their professional advice and expertise in their review of this booklet. They are:

Sheldon Weinhaus, Esquire
Weinhaus and Dobson
St. Louis, MO
Richard P. Neuworth, Esquire
Lebau & Neuworth, LLC
Baltimore, MD
Mark D. DeBofsky, Esquire
Debofsky & Debofsky
Chicago, IL
Howard Bennett Hellen, Esquire
Attorney at Law
San Diego, CA

A special thanks goes out to Matt Hayes, Patient Liaison Representative, Patient Advocate Foundation, for his work on this Guide.

Patient Advocate Foundation

Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that serves as an active liaison between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job discrimination, and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers and attorneys. Patient Advocate Foundation seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.

Patient Advocate Foundation offers direct patient services through our toll-free number and website, and can be contacted via email:

National Toll-Free Number: 1 (800) 532-5274
Phone Number: (757) 873-6668
421 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA 23666
Fax: (757) 873-8999

The U.S. Department of Labor has offered the information in this book. Every effort has been made to make this guide as up-to- date as possible, however, change is inevitable. If you find any information that is not current or correct in this publication, please notify us and we will correct it in the next printing. Furthermore, if there are organizations that are not listed here that you feel would be helpful to others, we welcome your suggestions. Contact us at 1-800-532-5274 or by email at