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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 06:54 PM

20 yr employee fired while getting cancer treatment, gets job back after story made public

Cancer Patient Gets to Keep Beloved Job at Jo-Ann Store in Redlands

A longtime employee of Jo-Ann craft stores who lost her job while undergoing treatment for cancer learned she would be able to return to the position she loves.

Deborah Browning, 60, of Highland, was profiled on the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. Friday. While on medical leave for breast cancer treatment, she learned she was being dismissed after working for more than 20 years at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

On Saturday morning, the company told NBC4 that Browning's medical leave would be reinstated, meaning she could keep her position at the Redlands store.

"Due to the unique circumstances involved in this case, we have reviewed the situation and made the decision to reinstate Ms. Browning's Leave of Absence. This action has already been taken, and she has been informed of her status with the company," said Margaret Skinner, director of corporate communications for Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Cancer-Patient-Keep-Job-Jo-Ann-Store-Redlands-Deborah-Browning-181685891.html

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Reply 20 yr employee fired while getting cancer treatment, gets job back after story made public (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 OP
savebigbird Dec 2012 #1
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #2
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #4
savebigbird Dec 2012 #9
Walk away Dec 2012 #11
intheflow Dec 2012 #10
Mariana Dec 2012 #17
savebigbird Dec 2012 #19
dballance Dec 2012 #3
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #6
SharonAnn Dec 2012 #12
dballance Dec 2012 #13
bettyellen Dec 2012 #18
dballance Dec 2012 #20
bettyellen Dec 2012 #22
bettyellen Dec 2012 #23
dballance Dec 2012 #24
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #26
niyad Dec 2012 #15
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #25
niyad Dec 2012 #16
dballance Dec 2012 #21
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #5
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #7
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #8
RomneyLies Dec 2012 #14
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #27
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #30
libdem4life Dec 2012 #28
tblue37 Dec 2012 #29
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #31

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:01 PM

1. Well, I won't be shopping at JoAnne's anymore.

First, Hobby Lobby, now this. Where can I buy my arts and crafts supplies?

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Response to savebigbird (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:02 PM

2. Michaels?

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Response to savebigbird (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:16 PM

4. nowhere. such practices are universal.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:27 PM

9. I guess I'll have to dig around at Goodwill from now on. n/t

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:20 PM

11. That's not true. You really have to do your research but some companies make a point of...

caring for their employees. Take a company like Eileen Fisher. I worked for them years ago and they were fantastic to their employees. As far as I know they still are. During the four years I worked there we saw several women through breast cancer and other serious illness as well as many pregnancies. Everyone was well insured, given plenty of time off, when needed they had extra financial help from the company and on top of that they were treated like family. They also promoted women with new babies or medical problems and were creative in how they met schedules and shared responsibilities. As far as I have heard they continue to treat their employees like valuable human beings.

Even companies like Blockbuster have their up side. Did you know that they have been offering health insurance to same sex couples for over twenty years? They didn't have to do that back then but they did.

I agree that there aren't enough companies like E.F. and we need to organize and make sure workers are treated fairly but business isn't all monsters and crooks.

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Response to savebigbird (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:37 PM

10. At least JoAnn's re-hired her once their evil deed became public.

Hobby Lobby remains unrepentant about it's backwards views on women's rights.

Also, I worked at a Michael's for 10 years. They are no different from either of these companies, believe me.

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Response to savebigbird (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:35 PM

17. There are quite a few small, locally owned stores in my area.

Break out the yellow pages and you might find some interesting shops nearby. They often have more interesting, unusual and better quality stock than the big box stores, too.

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Response to Mariana (Reply #17)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 06:33 AM

19. Sorry, but Walmart put them all out of business in my area.

All we have left are Hobby Lobby and Jo Anne's, and they're a ways away for me already.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:14 PM

3. Their Fabric Selection is a bunch of cheap crap in my opinion

I shop the local mom and pop's for fabric. Not sure how to advise on the craft stuff. Surely there is a locally owned store in your city - I hope.

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Response to dballance (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:18 PM

6. 20 years ago, Joannes was a REAL fabric shop, not the hobby shop it is now

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:38 PM

12. Yes, but the number of fabric buyers dropped off. So Jo-Annes diversified.

Far fewer people sewing for themselves these days.

I used to be able to buy really good material there but they don't much of that anymore. I realize there's not much demand for it.

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:10 PM

13. I enjoy making men's shirts as a craft

Maybe it's me but it's not really all that easy. You really have to practice to get the collars and cuffs right. At least I do have to practice.

But it's really satisfying to finish one and see what you've accomplished.

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Response to dballance (Reply #13)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:48 PM

18. it helps a great deal if you fuse the fabric for collar and cuff pieces with interlining before

cutting them out- they don't get ragged or distorted that way.

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #18)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 01:11 PM

20. Thanks. I'll try that. Any other tips are appreciated. /eom

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Response to dballance (Reply #20)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 01:15 PM

22. PM me if you think of anything in particular you need help with!

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Response to dballance (Reply #20)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 03:43 PM

23. also, Amazon has some great books on sewing couture details etc... they are fun things

small little details, that can make a garment really special.
And always press seams as you go along, before topstiching or attaching that join to anything else. Makes a big difference.

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #23)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:27 PM

24. I just love DU. You never know what you're going to learn here :) /eom

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Response to dballance (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:25 PM

26. men's clothes are difficult to sew

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:19 PM

15. check out britex fabrics

http://www.britexfabrics.com/

I loved going there when I went to SF

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:24 PM

25. true, I'm one of the few people I know with a sewing machine, and I don't use it often

anymore. Learned to sew in required jr. high sewing for girls. remember those days. lol

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Response to dballance (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:20 PM

16. our local fabric outlet store has some very good craft supplies

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Response to niyad (Reply #16)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 01:13 PM

21. Excellent! I love shopping local. /eom

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:17 PM

5. great for her, but how about all the other employees in similar circumstances across the

 

country who don't get profiled on national TV?

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:20 PM

7. They are out of luck.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:22 PM

8. yep. & articles like this that tout the exceptions are imo just pacification so that people

 

can imagine there *is* some fairness. but there isn't.

just like the lottery gives even the poorest the idea that there's a sliver of hope.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:12 PM

14. The worst part of this story

 

She had to make her story public before she got her job back.

This makes me sad because I just spent a lot on gifts and a gift card for my Mom from JoAnns.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:29 PM

27. Similar situation with a friend.

Her boss didn't fire her, he formally reprimanded her for poor attendance while she was undergoing chemo. She had been approved for intermittent FMLA leave. So she filed a complaint and her boss was terminated.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #27)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:44 PM

30. good outcome

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:40 PM

28. Hopefully the WalMart strikes are the canary in the mine for retail. It would be "just desserts"

if the national Vulture Capitalist symbol became the national bad boy bully pulpit platform for union organization of service/retail workers. Maybe a new verb ... walmarted ... being hired, underpaid, then fired.



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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:57 PM

29. Translation: They got caught being evil and found out it was bad PR. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #29)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:12 PM

31. exactly.

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