Florida Man Claims Wells Fargo Fired Him Because His Dying Daughter’s Cancer Treatments Were Too Expensive

Tara Dodrill - Author
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Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:07 p.m. ET

Palm Beach, FL – Yovany Gonzalez claims Wells Fargo fired him because the cost of his terminally ill daughter’s cancer treatments were too expensive. The bank maintains Gonzalez was fired because he falsified time sheets while working at Wells Fargo, the New York Daily News reports. Yovany Gonzalez was employed as a securities broker at the Florida Wells Fargo bank branch.

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Mackenzie Gonzales was diagnosed with cancer in 2008; the little girl passed away in 2011 at age 6. Yovany Gonzalez was fired two years after his daughter’s cancer diagnosis, three days before a surgery to remove the little girl’s tumor was scheduled. Gonzales filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo due to the company’s cancellation of the family medical coverage. Charitable contributions to cover the cost of Mackenzie Gonzalez’s tumor operation were eventually able to fund her tumor surgery.

The Wells Fargo lawsuit claims that United Health Care, the bank’s insurance carrier, contacted Yovany Gonzalez before he was fired from his securities broker position. According to statements from the employee’s wife Susan republished by the New York Daily News, the insurance representative asked “numerous questions” about both their daughter’s surgery and long term care needs. Susan Gonzalez also claims the United Health Care insurance staffer made “several references” to the cost of Mackenzie Gonzalez’s cancer treatments.The Yovvany Gonzalez lawsuit also maintains that the falsification of time sheets claims were merely a “pretext” to fire him due to the increasing costs of his daughter’s cancer treatments and pending operation.

The former Wells Fargo securities broker stated in the lawsuit that once Mackenzie Gonzalez was diagnosed with cancer he began working “irregular hours” at “remote locations” so that he could be near his daughter during her treatments. Gonzalez’s supervisor allegedly completed his time sheets for him and told him it would be alright if he could not remember the exact hours he had worked. Wells Fargo denies the claims about the alleged supervisor statements about work hours, according to ABC News.

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