Young Mackenzie Gonzalez was scheduled to receive cancer surgery back in August of 2010. The dying girl did not receive this surgery however, and passed away from cancer in March of 2011.
Three days before the scheduled surgery her father, Yovany Gonzalez, was fired from his mortgage consultant position with Wells Fargo. The hospital then cancelled the surgery, because little Mackenzie was no longer covered by health insurance. According to the lawsuit, Gonzalez’s supervisor informed him that Wells Fargo was looking for reasons to fire him. “This was a loss of an innocent child’s life,” says Jack Scarola, Gonzalez’s lawyer, “there were [some] Wells Fargo employees who not only lacked compassion but seemed to have been motivated by entirely improper concerns about finances.”
Before Gonzalez was fired, both United Health Care, the insurer, and Wells Fargo asked his wife numerous questions in regards to Mackenzie’s health, and the treatment she needed to survive, and made “several references…to the costs of her treatment.”
When he was fired, Gonzalez was promised information from Wells Fargo in relation to continuing his families life insurance coverage. He never received the information, which led to the expiration of his plan and the policies he had on his family and children. The plan expired before Mackenzie passed away, and he was unable to receive any compensation for her death.
Wells Fargo denies terminating Gonzalez due to his daughter’s health concerns, and instead stated that he was fired for allegedly falsifying his time records. His supervisor, however, input the time records, and remarked that it was fine that Gonzalez couldn’t remember the exact hours he worked, as he worked at many locations in order to compensate for his daughters cancer treatment. Wells Fargo is defending itself against all allegations brought forth by Gonzalez’s lawsuit.
“While we’re very sympathetic to Mr. Gonzalez for his personal loss, his termination was unrelated to the allegations included in the lawsuit,” says Bridget Braxton, a spokesperson for Wells Fargo. “We intend to vigorously defend the matter in court. We support and value our team members and our employment practices are in alignment with that focus.”
Gonzalez currently works for Chase Bank, for less pay than he is qualified to earn. The bank refuses to allow him to sell securities because of the reasons Wells Fargo gave for releasing him from employment.
Eventually a charity paid for his premium so he could receive a year of health insurance for his remaining family under COBRA.
Mackenzie Gonzalez Father Fired from Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo allegedly fired an employee because his dying daughter needed expensive cancer treatment, according to a lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Court on Thursday. Wells Fargo fired mortgage consultant Yovany Gonzalez three days before his daughter Mackenzie was scheduled to get cancer surgery in August of 2010, the lawsuit states. According to the suit, the hospital canceled the surgery because Mackenzie no longer was covered by health insurance.