Update: Man Gets Fired After Wife Gets Cancer

Man Gets Fired After Wife Gets Cancer Remember the feature that AOL Jobs ran last month about Carl Sorabella, the Massachusetts accountant who got fired when he asked for flex time to care for his wife, who had just been diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer? We wish we could give you a happy update, but the fact is, things are not looking good for the Sorabellas, despite an overwhelming number of supportive comments from our readers.

Haynes management, the family-owned company with 21 employees that let Carl go, issued a long statement that can be found on WickedLocal.com. It stated, among other things:

"The leadership of Haynes is confident that we followed appropriate practices in connection with recent events concerning a member of our staff. Media reports regarding the circumstances of this decision have been inaccurate; however, out of respect for the privacy of the individual involved, we will not comment on the specifics.

In recognition of their unique circumstances and level of hardship created by his wife's illness, Haynes Management is reaching out to our former employee to determine if there is a way we can be supportive to his family during this time."

No Job Offers Yet

Sorabella and his wife, Kathleen, have no comment about that statement, but the fact of the matter is, he is still out of work, and they remain dependent on the Medicaid benefits that she receives through her disability. Those expenses are mounting, however, and the couple is unsure of the co-pays.

"Carl hasn't received any job offers yet, although he sends out at least five resumes a day. I don't know if people are reluctant to hire him since they know he won't be able to work regular hours," Kathleen Sorabella told AOL Jobs. She says that she'd like to go back to work herself as a psychotherapist, even if it's just for a couple of hours per week, but at present, she feels she's just too sick to be of help to her patients.

She is right in the middle of a cycle of chemotherapy treatments and, as expected, her hair is falling out, her teeth hurt and she's nauseous most of the time. She won't know if the treatments are effective until September, when another scan will be done. "Right now, it's about living with the terror of uncertainty," she says.

A little help from their friends

With her husband out of work, finances have become challenging. Friends and acquaintances talked about setting up a charitable trust for them at a local bank in the Boston area, but they were overwhelmed with the amount of paperwork, and that project fell by the wayside. The Sorabellas are understandably uncomfortable with setting up a fund for themselves.

Generous and resourceful readers found their address in the directory, and have been sending checks, good wishes and prayers, for which the Sorabellas say they are extremely grateful, and Kathleen Sorabella intends to send thank-you notes to everyone as soon as she feels well enough to write. So far, about $800 has come their way.

The sentiment, however, has been overwhelming. AOL readers have chimed in with more than 4,245 comments and about 12,000 Facebook Likes, at last count. A Facebook page, called "I hate Haynes Management Inc.," has a rousing discussion going, with 1,481 Likes. Readers who would like to support the Sorabellos can send funds directly to them at 14 Lincoln St., Natick, Mass., 01760-4721.

Meanwhile, Kathleen Sorabella says that the couple is trying to figure out how to "live as much life as possible, knowing that I might be dying." They renewed their wedding vows a few weeks ago on their 23rd anniversary, and they'd like to take a drive up to see Niagara Falls, if she gets well enough to travel. "I hear a clock ticking in my head," she says. "But I'm a fighter -- we both are."

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Kathy Carl Sorabella

Oh, and we found out he was replaced by a woman...

June 10 2012 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy Carl Sorabella


June 10 2012 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy Carl Sorabella


June 10 2012 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Fortner

wow- with all this publicity- their " o let's fire him " mentality will surely backfire- Good.

August 02 2011 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's just good ole pure capitalism. Got an employee who might coast you some money? Fire his ass. You can always find another body to do the job. Hooray for good business sense! Drill, baby, drill!

August 01 2011 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Carpenter

Would they rehire him if he divorced his sick wife and found a younger woman?

July 30 2011 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am sure this company also fires women who get pregnant and ask for maternity leave.
I am sure this same company fires those who accidently break their leg or hand or ams.
I am sure this same company fires those that get sick longer than 3 days.
I am sure this same company CEO and VP take 2 months long vacations and treat the
rest of their employees like crap.
I am sure this same company demands overtime without pay.
I am sure this same company has a bunch of empployees who love to curse at each other.
I am sure this same company likes to use and abuse their employees.
I am sure the bosses at these companies think they must be some sort of Alpha male.
Well let me tell you something. Let them meet me face to face.

July 28 2011 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wesley Cuffie Jr

We live in a society that strives on selfishness and self reliance instead of love and empathy,it's sad to hear your story on a small news bite on this one news website,but we see Casey Anthony all over everything,my heart an wishes go out to you and strength to your husband for being the supportive husband he should be GOd bless both of you.

July 20 2011 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Those of us who struggle with cancer and all of the uncertainty face this lack of empathy everyday.
He could easily be allowed to work at home. The company is just being beyond cruel which puts more pressure and stress on people who have more than enough to begin with. This is terrible. Maybe the ACS should start a campaign against the company.

July 17 2011 at 8:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Haynes Management wasted no time after “laying off” Carl to find a replacement. Cold hearted people. let's fire the guy with a wife with cancer because we don't care about humans. Let's treat them by animals. Instead, let's hire someone else we can abuse that does not have a wife with cancer.
Posted May 3, 2011; Bookkeeper, Experienced
Haynes Management in Wellesley Hills, MA is seeking a person with 1-2 years experience in Real Estate Accounting with multiple sets of books. Duties include A/R, A/P, G/L, Billing and Collections. Experience with Peachtree, QuickBooks and Excel is a plus. This is a full time position with excellent benefits. If you are interested in the position, please send your cover letter and resume, and salary requirements to propmgmt@haynesmanagement.com

July 10 2011 at 10:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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