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Well the hearing is going ahead tomorrow! The union guy representing me says we have a good case because of Disability Discrimination & the fact they 'ambushed my meeting & had there own agenda. Also have not listened to OH doctors advice! He says we do have law on our side & they could have a big legal battle if they ignore what we say tomorrow. Do I want to work there anymore? I don't think so but don't want them just pushing me out without a fight. But its taking a lot of my energy/strength and wonder if mentally I can cope with it all.

 

But I'm in a state now because I thought it could have been postponed! I feel a mess & my head is not in the right place at the moment if you know what I mean.

Certainly symptoms are much worse because of it!

 

Jenuse

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Oh Jen,

 

I know all too well from personal experience what you are feeling right now. You go girl, you stick up for yourself! I agree however, you may not want to continue to work there. You may find yourself in a hostile working environment, which of course can also get them in legal trouble, if you choose to push that issue.


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

ISN Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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hey there just like to I send my love and support , good luck for tomorrow and hope it goes well , stay strong hugs jaxsx


live life for today and not for tomorrow

 

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Have had the hearing and it was a farce because quite clearly they'd made their decision before this meeting even took place! In fact the decision was made earlier this month.

Union are supportive & they say I have a case against employers & they would be prepared to go the whole way if it's needed. But they will automatically appeal which needs to be done in the next 10 days. What I do know is that I never want to work in that place ever again!

 

I'm devastated about what has happened & feel they have done nothing to help but quite the reverse. I also feel ashamed because my unblemished record of 30 years has come to this! Needless to say my health at the moment is not good, Have awful pains in my back & other symptoms are all much worse, Raynaud's & reflux & am barely able to drink let alone eat.

I do feel very lonely & scared about my future -

 

I am very grateful for the support from you! It is good to at least be able to read your messages and to talk to people who understand.

I Know that I do not have this disease as bad as some of you but along with the FM & back issues it still causes me problems from day to day.

 

I will not have any income soon so what I will do I simply don't know.

 

Jen

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Sosorry to hear it went so bad. I can relate to what you are going thru as I was forced out of a job 13 years ago and it was not fun.

 

I have just got on disability due to this disease and it only took a month! So what you may need to do is go online and apply for Social Security disability if it's available to you and get that ball rolling. Sclero is listed as one of the diseases where they are to have "compassionate hearings" and look at passing right away due to the illness.

 

Again, I am so sorry. Try to stay strong.

 

Warm hugs from Minnesota.

 

Peggy

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Hi Jensue

 

Sorry to hear that too. I agree with Sweet, if you can, it would be good to stick up for yourself but know that will take a ton of energy. Sadly, some employers (or should I say bullies like that) count on people backing down from them in appeals, some people are just too sick to fight, they know it and they just try to wear them down...sounds like the old scare tactic but I hope you only do what you feel strong enough to do (or not do), whichever you decide. It's important to take care of yourself no matter what. It would be even nicer if you could have someone act on your behalf to deal with this stuff for you (with your union rep) to take some stress off of you, not sure if anyone can help you with that? I helped my sister with some stuff when she was really sick (chronic illness) years ago and all I needed was a note signed by her giving me permission to do what I needed to in order to help her, although we are not talking the exact same circumstances as in your case. Not sure if you could make anything like that work for you where you are? On the winning side, could you then go on long term sick leave and make them pay you without being in that environment, ah that would serve them right :P ! Take care of yourself and good luck with whatever you decide.


Sending good wishes your way!

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sorry to hear about your appeal , its annoying but u must do what u think is best for yourself , and take of your self , and try to stay strong my thoughts are with you,warm hugs from jaxsx


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Jen,

I am so sorry that the hearing didn't go well. 30 years! You would think that would mean SOMETHING! Companies expect loyalty from their employees, but don't quite know how to give in return. I know it's draining, but at least you have the union behind you - so put up the best fight possible.

 

Big Hugs to you Darlin'


Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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