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Unread 02-21-2002, 08:34 PM
6 days pre-op...fired for medical leave


I'm SO SO sorry and MAD that this happened to you! Check these site out:



Since the FMLA doesn't apply, maybe this can give you some new info.

Please let me know what I can do to help you. Anything, Anytime, Anywhere!

's 'es, ers & LOVE,
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Unread 02-21-2002, 09:17 PM
6 days pre-op...fired for medical leave

I would most definitely check with your state's labor board> Also, go apply for unemployment. I was fired once (most humiliating experience) for the reason being "I didn't collect enough money froem the emergency room patients that didn't have insurance (I was an emergency room clerk). I didn't think I would ever have to seek "government money". The human relations director was the one telling me to do this (off the record of course). She said the unemployment office could possibly put enough pressure on the hospital because I was unrightfully terminated. They jumped on it immediately and I had no problems getting it. My biggest problem was not necessarily my paycheck but losing my insurance. I had better coverage than my husband so I carried it for the family. I had 2 children that had immune problems that required frequent hospital stays. (I wondered if that was not the real reason.) Between the medical staff (I had 2 physicians that fought for my being rehired with the hospital board) and the unemployment office, I was offeered a new position that was created and had better hours and more money. Your employer has rules he must go by.

I wish you the best of luck you sure don't need this stress on top of your upcoming surgery.
Unread 02-21-2002, 10:07 PM
6 days pre-op and fired...cont.

Thanks so much to everyone who responded to my thread-I feel much better knowing I am not the only one that this has happened to, and that there are some things I can do to find out information about how to proceed. As I do work for a small company-9 employees and one doctor, I am not covered by the Family Medical Leave Act. I am pursuing some other routes-thanks for all the suggestions-and I do accept that everything happens for a reason-sometimes to clear the way for bigger and better things! I actually feel pretty calm about my surgery and have lots of great friends nearby and a sister soon to be on her way to help me out, so I cling to the things I can be grateful for and will just keep my head in that fluffy cloud, but also do the things I need to do to resolve this recent turn of events. I do appreciate all the advice-many things I had not considered became clear, and any clarity right now is truly a blessing! Best wishes to all of you, also, and thank God for the little bits of info that pave the way!
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Unread 02-21-2002, 10:47 PM
Sorry to hear

I am sorry you are going thru all this added stress.
You might check out your State Disability Insurance (Not Federal through Social Security as that is for permanent disability.)
Atleast my state, California, will provide me with weekly disability payments from my surgery date until I am released by my doctor. Even though I am unemployed I cannot collect unemployment if I am not able to work. That is presently the case. Also, here, disability will provide twice the benefits as unemployment. I can perhaps collect unemployment when I am able to again start seeking work.
Also with dependent children you may qualify for additional aid.
Good luck to you.

Unread 02-22-2002, 04:35 AM
6 days pre-op...fired for medical leave

I would ask for all the paperwork from my performance reviews, and an official letter of termination stating clearly the reason why. Then I would start flapping my jaw with the circumstances of my termination around town. I can't believe a doc would fire someone under these conditions! However, I would not open my mouth til all the paperwork is in my hands! I also would be sure to relate to my surgeon the added stress situation due to being fired, clearly stating the reason why and mention the name of the doc! That kind of news traveling through the physician world can make for some interesting talk in the physician lounge!

However, as I take a step back, I would get my paperwork prior to the surgery, talk to my surgeon prior to the surgery, but keep my mouth shut til after the surgery! The reason is that for the next week you need to concentrate on more positive things, getting yourself ready for the big day. There will be time post op to share this news with friends etc. My DH has some connections with his HR dept and I will run this past him. If I come up with some new info, I will pass it on.

I am so sorry that this has happened, and I am so angry for you! Let us at HS carry that anger for you and you do some nice positive things this next week!

Unread 02-23-2002, 06:04 AM
6 days pre-op...fired for medical leave

I have done some checking, and as the laws differ a bit from state to state, you will have to do some follow up thru whatever agencies you can access. I was hoping to come up with something a little more concrete. The websites that previous messages gave you might be helpful, and there is always the option of consulting a lawyer to see if you have any recourse. Best of luck to you.....try to concentrate on your surgery and recovery at this point!

Unread 02-23-2002, 09:39 AM
6 days pre-op...fired for medical leave

This is a subject that is very important in your final resolution. Please let us know what measures you find available, what steps you take, and the outcome. My employer has between 40 + 53 depending on time of year, etc. but, even being small, does not want to risk lawsuits ... so is always sure to follow proper non-discrimination practices. This subject, if not resolvable in medical leave or disability may be pursuable under other discriminatory categories ??? Most employment law, malpractice, civil rights, or other litigation attorneys provide a free consultation. However, for now, I agree with the sisters ... concentrate on the positive and the peaceful. We will hold on and not drop your cause ...

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