A WORKER has accused their boss of working their cancer-stricken colleague to death after forcing her to do 13-hour shifts while enduring chemotherapy.
The outraged employee says their fellow worker could "barely walk" and "had trouble speaking" by her last shift as the company allegedly "dragged their feet" in approving her medical leave.
Taking to social media, the worker said they are "sickened" by the situation as they feel the unnamed woman may have still been alive if she didn't feel compelled to work.
The post read: "I have a coworker who recently passed away from breast cancer.
"She was an extremely hard worker and the sole wage earner for her family.
"She would pull 12 hour shifts 6 days a week."
The employee explained that despite starting chemotherapy treatment, the woman was still "maintaining that level of work" and was "clearly not doing well".
They added: "Me and my coworkers tried to donate some of our PTO (paid time off) to her so that she could just go do her chemo and not have to worry about money.
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"Corporate told us this is not allowed. They dragged their feet on approving her medical leave and she ended up working several weeks while doing chemotherapy.
"By the last shift that she worked, she could barely walk and had trouble speaking, and still worked a 13 hour shift."
The woman's colleagues were upset to learn from her family that she died due to complications from the chemotherapy.
"I am really sickened by this situation," her colleague added.
"I cannot say for sure that she would have survived if she didn't feel like she had had to work, but corporate should have immediately approved her medical leave so that she could have just focused on her treatment."
The post on Reddit left other users feeling disgusted, with more than 1,000 commenting their opinions.
One said: "Makes me so sad this happened, this poor woman. Even if it didn’t kill her, having some paid time off would have made her last time in this world way more comfortable."
Another added: "There needs to be a law named after her making it mandatory to allow medical leave immediately. That poor woman spending the last months of her life like that!"
A third wrote: "These corporations look at people like inanimate objects. It's gross."
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