Dad taking care of cancer-stricken daughter fired for absence

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In Farmingdale, Long Island, Dan McCarthy has been fired from his job because he is taking care of his five-year-old daughter, Cassidy, who is suffering from Stage 4 kidney cancer.

McCarthy worked as a volunteer Babylon firefighter and EMT and later became a registered nurse at Daleview Care Center in Farmingdale. He was awarded New York State’s “Nurse of the Year” from his boss last year.

However, the center has recently fired McCarthy because he is caring for Cassidy as she battles cancer. As a healthcare professional himself, McCarthy told ABC 13 News the firing was unwarranted:

“I think that they’re running it as a business, not as compassionate care. They won’t promote you twice, they won’t give you pay raises, they won’t give you ‘Nurse of the Year.’ What can happen in six months to warrant me getting fired? The only thing that changed is my daughter gets cancer.”

McCarthy’s wife also added: “Who would do this to a family whose child is trying to overcome treatments and trying to overcome cancer? I’m not sure.”

McCarthy was hoping for 100 hours of earned vacation time to care for Cassidy. Instead, his employer and administrators insisted he takes unpaid family leave time. His boss is now also claiming McCarthy disrespected him, prompting McCarthy to file a lawsuit.

“We look forward to exposing that as the pretext that it is,” said McCarthy’s lawyer, Lawrence Pearson. “That’s what we have here, given Mr. McCarthy’s excellent record at Daleview.”

H/T: ABC 13 News

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