Cancer Victim'treated like a Leper' by Charity
Campbell, Lori, Daily Mail (London)
Byline: LORI CAMPBELL
A CANCER patient told a tribunal yesterday that she was treated 'like a leper' by Salvation Army bosses after becoming terminally ill.
Care assistant Jennette MacDonald, 58, said the charity showed no compassion when told there was no cure for her lung cancer.
Mrs MacDonald, who had worked part-time at an Army home for the elderly in Edinburgh for seven years, told an employment tribunal in the city that bosses refused to give her time off for chemotherapy treatment.
She said she wanted to keep working for as long as she could to help take her mind off her illness.
But her manager, Major David Tribble, told her she should sign herself off sick for three months while undergoing the treatment.
She also claimed he said he hoped the chemotherapy would improve her poor attendance.
Mrs MacDonald, of Kirknewton, West Lothian, claims her employer discriminated against her because of her disability.
Wheelchair-bound Mrs Mac-Donald, who is an inpatient at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, told the tribunal how, within hours of revealing she had terminal cancer in November 2001, bosses began making her life hell.
She said: 'The harassment started within three hours of my disclosure of my terminal illness diagnosis. …