Fairfield, Connecticut (WTNH) - A Fairfield woman says her boss sent her packing because she wasat risk for cancer.
That woman has filed a federal complaint against a StamfordCompany citing a recently passed law making discrimination based ongenetic testing illegal.
Pamela Fink has been out of work for a month now. She's a motherof two and the primary breadwinner in her family. However, she'snot backing down from her fight because she says the GeneticInformation Nondiscrimination Act was passed last year for exactlythis kind of case.
Sitting in her living room in Fairfield, Pamela Fink is not onlyfighting for herself; she’s fighting for all women in thiscountry who carry the breast cancer gene.
She's filed a complaint with both the state and federalgovernment claiming she was fired by Stamford-based MX Energybecause she's a carrier of the gene.
"When I was terminated on March 25th, they eliminated myposition and I can't help but believe this is why,” Finksaid.
Before her preemptive double mastectomy last year, Fink says heremployer gave her excellent reviews. In fact she showed News 8 thedocuments. She claims after she disclosed her genetic dispositionto her boss, and the ensuing surgeries, she was pushed out.
"I know in my heart that I did a really good job forthem,” she said. “And then when I came back, it wasn'tthe case anymore."
Fink wants to send a message to MX Energy and to anyone whomight discriminate based on medical information -- it's now aviolation of Federal Law.
Pamela Fink concluded, "There are people out there who won'teven take the test because they're afraid there's gonna be a markon their permanent record -- whatever that may be -- that says, 'Ohoh, she may get breast cancer or some other disease.’"
A spokesperson for MX Energy released a statement on Thursdaysaying they "emphatically and categorically" deny the allegations,but can't comment further because they don't discuss personnelmatters.
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