Restaurant fires teen for requesting time off for cancer treatment.

A 19-year-old delivery driver diagnosed with cancer claims he was fired from his job at a suburban Chicago restaurant when he informed his employer he needed to take six weeks off work for surgery.
Jonathan Larson was diagnosed with cancer of the brain and spine. He has had several rounds of radiation and now needs back surgery, he said.

The surgery would require him to take time off of his job as a delivery driver at Naperville’s Rosebud Restaurant. Larson claims that when he told his boss about his upcoming procedure and said he could be back in six weeks, he was let go.
“[My manager] said, ‘No, by that time I’ll already have another driver hired. Just leave, I have to make some phone calls,” Larsen said. “I’m really disappointed and saddened by it. It’s not something I can help.”

A spokesperson for Rosebud Restaurants said they could not comment on specific personnel matters “due to employee and human resources confidentiality standards.”
“For more than thirty-six years Rosebud has been successful through the hard work of our employees,” the statement read. “We are thoroughly investigating this matter to determine if our processes and protocols were appropriately followed. Rosebud proudly serves the Chicagoland community and considers it our mission to treat all employees fairly.”

Larson said he feels “disrespected and demeaned” because of his diagnosis.
“I would love an apology,” he said. “It would go a long way to make me feel better about the situation.”



  1. Notice how the official non-response not only didn't deny this happened. It
    didn't even deny that it wasn't policy..

  2. Sophia LorenskyNovember 22, 2014

    That restaurant owner would be in court here in the Netherlands. We don't have sick days here, You get full pay up to 2 years if you get sick or seriously ill. Thats OUR LAW,

  3. David MowersNovember 22, 2014

    America no longer cares about it's people. The only thing that counts here now is how much and how fast money can be made.

    The rest of the world should shun this failure nation.

  4. Jack of SpadesNovember 22, 2014

    What did he win?

  5. Sophia LorenskyNovember 22, 2014

    Typical american bullshit, I had something similar in the 80s; Got overseas job tripling my income and renounced US citizenship last yeaer, living the good life in a modern country where if that happened here Fedex would be in court on charges,

  6. So maybe United parcel loveinglY known as the panty hose line wasn't so bad after all. Q

  7. Rosebuds?! Wow that is a very nice and not cheap restaurant.
    We need to take our country back. Evil is abound, just look at the music industry...they look like shit. Blacked out eyes, making evil gestures, showing their ass, crotch, whatever for money. Sports figures, I watched a video of this Chris Paul in a commercial throwing out the evil gesture as if he were throwing out the peace sign. Come on...boycott these assholes. Really.

  8. Shari PetersonNovember 23, 2014

    Rosebud. A dying franchise just died a bit quicker.

  9. Ah the dream. The dream of capitalism.
    Anyone can be a millionare.
    Nope. It's actually a nightmare.
    When are people going to learn?

  10. Real jobs in the US, means jobs with benefits are down to 60%, therefore US creates more and more so called 1099 form jobs.

    Hahaha... Europeans have it so bad, they really have 6 weeks of vacation.

  11. Hey, pray to your CEO don't you! You must be an anti Semite too.

  12. I'm sure you think that's a clever comment.
    But you've got me bamboozled by it.


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