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A Lesson To Be Learned...

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#1 Sam


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Posted 12 March 2007 - 01:53 AM

One don't ever talk about filing for disability with a employer unless you aks for accomdations for work. I had made this mistake and lost my current job and I really like it alot. The reason why I said something is that I should be hearing something by the end of the month, plus as some of you all know I am an honest person.

Last week I had talked with my boss about me filing for disability and said that I would still work for him plus I would need my pay cut. He said to me that we would work this out when the time comes.

Then On Wednesday I started not feeling good and I left early, we had everything ready for Thursday patients and there was three of us there at the office. So I wasn't leaving anyone short. Well on my way home I started getting sick and that evening was just awful vomiting and direahea, So I had called the boss( doctor) to let him know I was sick and would not be in on Thursday. Again I was not leaving them short at the office. We need two people there and there would of been the threee of us.

Well thursday morning I wasn't feeling any better but the vomiting and direahea stop but I could breath and my chest ws hurting a bit, Well I had made an doctor's appointment and he told me that I had an upper respirtory infection. He gave me a script and a note for the doctor to excuse me for that day.

I had gone into work on Friday since we didn't have any patients to help get things ready for this week. Which we did in four hours. On friday's we only work until 1:00. Well on my way home around 2:00 and 2:30 the doctor called and said that it wsnt working out, I said what isnt working out. He said the girl said that I just wasn't getting it. I said getting what? He said the job. My job consitis of billing and coding and insurnace claims. Which I was trained for in School and greaduated with a a 3.96, well I had hung up on him, I was really upset and plus I was drining at the time of the call.

I had called the lady tht was training me to see if she knew anything and she didn't. She said it was probably becasue I had missed work on thursday. And that she is really upset, she said finally we get the help we need and someone who can do the job and he lets you go. She also mentioned that she might quit her job because of it. I told her not to do anything rash. So ther is a lesson to be learn from this. Well take care, Sam

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 02:04 AM

Hi Sam,
I am so sorry that you have lost your job over being sick. Hopefully you will finally hear some good news from Social Security soon and things will turn around for you.

Keep us posted!

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 03:15 AM

I find it totaly incredible that you have lost your job because of sickness -- are there no rules about this kind of thing? In this country it's labelled, Unfair Dismissal and also it can be ailed as discriminary to fire a sick or disabled person because of their problems. Either way it stinks and one could only hope that they get their come uppance someday. I sincerely hope you get your disability.

Best wishes
Coughing in sympathy
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Posted 12 March 2007 - 06:47 AM

Hey Sam,

Me again! :) As I have already mentioned to you, you can a great case of discrimination. If it were me, I'd push it!
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#5 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 09:50 AM

Most unfortunately, I'm not so sure there would be a case for disability discrimination. Of course, keep in mind that I'm not a doctor nor a lawyer nor a disability expert of any sort! But businesses with less than 15 employees are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

As I understand it and generally speaking, in the U.S. most employment is considered to be "at will", meaning that the employee can quit at any time for any reason, and the employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason (or no reason at all). There are some exceptions by states...but even then, I think the exceptions apply to larger employers.

I know that a lot of people think that people who are sick can never be terminated from a job...but there are holes in that idea big enough to drive a truck the size of Texas through. Unless there is a contract or law that says otherwise, it is probably employment at will.
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#6 Sam


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Posted 13 March 2007 - 01:56 AM

Shelley you are right on that, Even though it was apparent that he did do discrimantion there is nothing I can do about it. That is why I had mention that when you work with any employer do not mention that you have a disability unless you are going to ask for accomdations. My BVR conuselor told me that. I work with the Ohio Rehabilitation Services, they work with people who have disabilites and help them find employment. She had called me yesterday to ask if she had permission to call the doctor to see as to why he let me go, I told her yes, she could but under no circumstances would I go back to work for him. So she has called, He said to her that I had hunged up on several Insurance Reps' when calling for benfits. Which I did not. I had asked one lady if I could put her on hold because she was talking so fast and I was having a hard time understanding her. This was my second time of getting benefits over the phone where you speak with a represenitive. Well I had asked Pam if she would come help me. So Pam came over to help me. So that is why I had lost my job. Well all this is a learning lesson for sure. I told my counselor I will not be looking for a job at this time. I am going to wait for the judge to make her decision on me getting disability or not. I should hear something soon. The 90 day's are almost up. Sam

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 04:28 AM

Sam, I'm so sorry you lost your job and I really hope you hear from disability soon! Did you tell the disability judge you are no longer working?


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Posted 13 March 2007 - 10:58 AM

(((((((((((((((Big Hugs to you Sam))))))))))))))))))
I really hope things work out for you and that losing you job turns out to be a "blessing in disguise".