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IronEagle, Oh Lady- I so understand the multi-problems the medical profession seems to ignore and seem to promote to the falling energy and further cost and drugs. I went to a specialist $600 per hour; all she did was give me drugs that truly harm my weakened adrenal Glands and sent me on my way. I know the fatigue is not an insurance paying condition written into the social insurance by-laws (the International Code of diseases) some 50 years ago. They love to pass the buck called a referral so they get paid for current work done but do not cure you, just perpetuate harm. I too had a full time job with great benefits. The Boss Fired me with a doc note in my file and the doctor shredded 12 years of current records and dismissed me via certified letter. Oh and the doctor’s note was written by a chiropractor by must be honored by law but the law must be enforced by the magic trio of doctor-lawyer-court so we lose again! Just remeber you are loved and take good care of you and get great copies of all med records because by law they only have to keep 7 years when the do choose to save them for you.
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I very much understand you're trouble! I was dealing with hypothyroid, low adrenals, candida and my husband leaving for Iraq for 6 months and my boss was yelling at me because I was leaving at 5:00 on the days I wasn't scheduled to work late, instead of going around and asking if there was work I could do! (I was on salary, too...). Anyway, I did end up quitting and telling him that my doctor had said that the job was endangering my health. LOL... he felt like an ass... of course he'll never change.
The problem with small companies is that people think they can do whatever they want. They usually have no idea about the laws involved.
The ADA information is GREAT! I would also look up your local Labor Board and tell them your situation. There are certain things people just CAN'T do in a workplace.
If I recall you're in Arizona? I would suggest starting here: http://www.laborlawtalk.com/archive/index.
php/f-52.html which is a board where you can post and ask labor law questions. Just to get a feel for what your rights are. You may end up finding out some laws applicable to the situation that you can make your boss aware of. Or, the Labor Board might just take a look themselves.
Also, go here: http://www.laborlawtalk.com/ . This is a labor law board where you can post your situation and get some ideas from other people.
Just a suggestion.
All of this aside, the one thing I had to accept (and I think you might, too), is that your employer is not going to be reasonable, logical or caring. I too kept thinking if I just explained, that he would understand and work with me. But this was never going to happen.
And unfortunately, working for small businesses is dicey for just this reason.
Sorry you're going through this. I completely understand your pain!
My most heartfelt sympathy for the position this person has put you in regarding your medical condition. As I float through various companies, and my children do too, I become more shocked and appalled by what constitutes appropriate treatment of people who are newly diagnosed with one or more medical problems.
If this small company you work for does any work for or with any branch of any public agency, that will be something you can pull some weight with if I recall correctly. The awesome links provided will definitely get you going in the right direction.
Sounds like not only do you have a battle for your health but a battle-ax to deal with for a boss! Do what you can to take the best care of yourself possible. It just does not seem right what is happening to you but I have received similar treatment in the past so I understand what it can be like.
"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." - Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)
IRONEAGLE48162 Posts: 23
2/19/09 10:34 P
Thank you for the kind words and links.
To answer some of your questions, I have worked at this company about a year and a half. The office I work in has no other branches, so it really is only a company of 8. I have been diagnosed as gluten intolerant. My boss answers to a Board of Directors who worships the ground she walks on.
This morning when I came in, she didn't ask how I was feeling, she just started tirading about how I supposedly did everything wrong for the Board Meeting prepwork. She even yelled at me for not having enough pens at my desk and for not having an extra ream of paper near the copier (huh?!).
I let her wind down a bit and then calmly said, "Are you upset with me?" Then she started complaining that I don't remember anything she tells me, among other things. I reminded her that, in the past, I have asked for her to write things down for me that she'd like me to do and to stop making me remind everyone else in the office to do their jobs so that I can remember to do mine, and she blew me off. I told her that I don't like having 2 autoimmune diseases, adrenal fatigue, and imbalanced hormones. I reminded her that all of that affects my memory and a lot of other things, and that I'm doing the best I can. I offered to bring her my 13 pages of test results or to have my doctor call her, and she said she didn't want either. I told her it will take time for me to get better.
After I told her all that, she told me we'd talk later in the afternoon because she needed time "to write something up". So apparently I am going to at least be written up for calling in sick with a doctor's note. Go figure. We never got around to talking because she decided leaving early to go get a massage was a higher priority.
I have a doctor's appointment next Tuesday. He has offered to call my boss or write her a letter in the past and I think I will take him up on that offer. I'm not really sure if I'm covered under ADA; I'll keep looking into that. My doctor may be able to tell me more.
If you were here in VT I'd suspect this nasty viral thing that has been going around. It's starts with a headache and goes to extreme gastric distress. I do attendance at our Jr/Sr High School and we have had so many kids out with it and now it's hitting the adults and family members.
Hope you feel better and that your job is secure - it should be, no matter the reason you needed to take sick time.
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I can't offer any legal insight, but I think tummy problems are aggravated by stress. I encourage you to take some deep breaths, enjoy a warm bath, and maybe a little yoga. I totally understand about worrying over a boss who is less than understanding (been there!). However, your conversation with her tomorrow might go better if you can calm yourself down and mentally rehearse what you're going to say.
Just my two cents! Good luck!
Oh and I found this site with several links for information specific to Arizona.
In the Service of the King.
Here are 2 links to Arizona's ADA policy guide.
This one is the main page.
This one has specific ADA information.
Contact their office if you need further help. They can direct you.
Here is a link to the Celiac Sprue Association definition of Celiac Disease.
And here a link to the Gluten Intolerance Group
I provided this because it has several publications that you can download and print for yourself and employer.
If your Dr. hasn't provided your employer with information; it is your responsibility to kindly educate your employer on the situation.
You may have the situation that because of the size of office you are not covered. However, as I mentioned in your other post if you are an area office of a larger program you are covered. The question is does your boss answer to anyone else?
Good luck and keep us posted.
You may keep your job but do you want to work in an environment that may be hostile to you and your situation.
I will pray for you this week. God bless you.
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If you have a formal diagnosis of Celiac Disease, you are covered under ADA and the company should make accommodations for you per your doctor's recommendation.
I only have experience with ADA and schools since I fight for my kids' rights all the time. I also know that if your employer provides food to everyone else, than they have to provide food for you or make necessary accommodations, such as giving you time to go get safe food etc. I am not sure how ADA applies to sick time. I have celiac disease too, but am lucky enough to have an understanding employer. Plus I have the option to work from home a couple times a week. I would recommend that you look up ADA and see how you are covered with your employer.
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I am so sorry! please keep us posted. Unfortunately in my (limited) experience, in such a small office and an at-will state your rights are limited. But I hope I'm wrong. How long have you worked there?
IRONEAGLE48162 Posts: 23
2/18/09 10:07 P
I posted a thread about my workplace a couple of weeks ago or so. Today things got way worse, and I think I may lose my job over being glutened.
I ate all GF foods yesterday, but for some reason (I suspect cross-contamination from something) I woke up at 1:30 this morning and I was sick as heck. I was in the bathroom every 10-15 minutes and I knew I wouldn't be able to work. I called in around 7 AM.
Today, there was a Board Meeting at 1 PM. My boss wasn't in yet when I called in, but I left a message telling her I wasn't coming in and to call me if she had any questions regarding the prep work I had done for the meeting. She called me at about 11 asking me if I could come in to make copies (apparently she's incapable of making her own copies). By that time, my stomach had quieted but the intense pain had set in and I was buried in bed working on getting a third hour of sleep. She was so mean to me that I ended up crying, and I think she may fire me. I called my doc and asked him to fax a note to her, which he did. She obviously doesn't understand what you feel like when you are glutened, even though I've told her before. There's no way I could've driven across town to work to make copies after only 2 hours of sleep even if I wouldn't have been in pain. I have the sick time to take, and the last time I called in because of my stomach was about 2 months ago, so it's not like I call in all the time or I've gone over my sick time.
I don't know how I'm going to address her tomorrow when I go in. I am so upset and worried. This is no time to lose a job. However, she doesn't get that this was an allergic reaction. I've been on this diet 2 weeks and I'm still learning and doing the best I can trying to fix all my health problems. It's not like I enjoy being sick. If I could trade this body in for a new one, I would.
I am hoping that my doctor's note will calm her down and make her realize that I have a medical condition that I am working on. Since there's only 8 people employed in my office I don't think any federal protection laws apply to me. Does anyone know for sure if I would have any recourse if I am fired? AZ is an at-will employment state, so it seems like I wouldn't have any recourse. Has anyone dealt with a similar situation?