On the tail end of Bell’s inspiring “Let’s Talk” campaign, developed to help eliminate the stigma of mental illness, a former Bell employee recounts how she was fired for requesting medical leave in order to deal with her depression and anxiety. Maria MacLean is a former radio host at the Bell-owned K93 FM radio station in Grand Falls, New Brunswick. On January 12th, 2017, MacLean met with a supervisor to request two weeks off in order to adjust to her new medications.  The radio host, equipped with her doctor’s note, had hoped for sympathy and understanding from her superiors. Instead, however, she was fired with absolutely no explanation.

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The bewildering circumstances of MacLean’s termination are made all the more incomprehensible in light of Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign, which took place on January 25th, 2017, and has been praised for promoting mental health awareness.

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Maclean writes: “Tomorrow, praise will rain down on Bell for their record-setting generosity, and all I’ll be able to think about is how Bell responded to my mental health needs when they were my employer.”

Matthew Garrow, a representative of Bell denies that McLean was terminated as a result of her mental illness, stating: “Bell does not dismiss employees because of mental health issues, in this case or any other.”

 

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