Photo: Yovany Gonzalez Claims Wells Fargo Fired Him Because Daughter's Cancer Bills Were too High
According to a lawsuit filed on behalf of Yovany Gonzalez, Wells Fargo fired him when the cost of his daughter’s cancer treat got too high.
Three days prior to a scheduled surgery for his daughter Mackenzie, Gonzalez was fired from his job at Wells Fargo. He and his wife believe he was let go because the company and the health insurer no longer wanted to cover the cost.
Before Gonzalez was fired however, Wells Fargo and United Health Care, contacted his wife and asked “numerous questions” about Macenzie’s treatment and made “several references…to the cost of her treatment.” Also, according to the lawsuit, Gonzalez’s supervisor informed him that Wells Fargo was looking for reasons get rid of him.
Just three days before Mackenzie was to have surgery in August of 2010, the hospital cancelled the procedure, saying she was no longer covered by Gonzalez’s health insurance through Wells Fargo.
Wells Fargo on the other hand, claims Gonzalez was fired due to allegedly falsifying his time records. His supervisor has since defended Gonzalez, saying it was fine that he could not remember his exact hours. His schedule had been varied since Mackenzie was diagnosed with cancer in December of 2008, as her father began working from other locations to accommodate her treatment schedule.
Though Gonzalez is now working for Chase Bank, he says he makes far less than he did at Wells Fargo, because he is not being allowed to sell securities due to the reasons given for his termination from Wells Fargo.
Also included in the lawsuit, is the allegation that Wells Fargo waited too long to give Gonzalez information about how to continue his family’s life insurance coverage. Because of the delay, Gonzalez says he was unable to extend the coverage in time and his policy expired. As a result, the life insurance policy, which covered both the parents and the children, expired before his daughter died and the family was not able to receive compensation after her death.
Huffington Post wrote:
While you are entitled to extend your employer health insurance coverage under the COBRA law if you lose your job, as long as you pay the full premium, it took more than 90 days for Wells Fargo to send Gonzalez information about how to extend his health insurance policy under COBRA, said paralegal Walter Stein, who is helping represent Gonzalez.
In the end, a charity donated the money for the health insurance premium and Gonzalez was able to extend his family’s insurance coverage under COBRA.
Sadly, despite her fight, Mackenzie died in March of 2011.