Wednesday, June 23, 2010 kimbba, Community Member, asks

Q: can your employer fire you because you are limited to hours you can work because of your ms

I have worked for the same hospital for 10 years. About 2 years ago, I had to reduce my hours because of my MS. I put in for a position that would have me sitting more of the day doing the same job. I was denied that position even though they knew about my MS and the trouble I was having being on my feet to much. The position was given to someone who quit the hospital years before. When I asked why I was not given the position, all they said was because that's how it is. I was forced to keep reducing my hours, until I finally had to go per-diem. I kept asking for hours but was never given any. I went to my boss and told him my six months was coming up that was required for me to work to keep my position; he said he would get back to me. I never heard from him, I kept leaving him messages. I went to the hospital to talk to him and found out he took off on vacation. I called the day he got back no response. I called human resources and was told that a letter was sent to them that same day saying they no long needed me. I called my boss and asked him why, he said because I had limited hours I could work. He kept the other per-diem people even though they have only been working there for a few months. Can they do this to me?      

 

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momdukes, Community Member
6/24/10 1:45pm

I am so sorry to hear about your tro9ubles.Looks lik to me they are just  hoping that you will go away.  They probably figue that you will not put up a fight.  Most people won't.  My job knew that I would not go down without a fight so they did everyuthing to make my life eaiser.   You are going to have to fight for yourself, and maybe seek some outside help but not talk about it to anyone at work and just go one like everything is all right and do not show your hand.  I hope this helps. You need to appoy for edisability asap.  I did not want to but this is what I utalmitalty had to do.

 

sherry/smomdukesKiss

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kimbba, Community Member
6/25/10 1:34am

thak you for you input, I have stared looking into the manner and found some outside help.

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MWMS, Community Member
6/26/10 12:46am

This is very inhuman on the part of your employer.This goes on to show that what I believe-this is a wicked world -is true.I don't understand how people can be so inhuman and indifferent to others' sufferings.You are not asking for any charity. You are asking for what you do only.Stand up and fight.We wish you all the best.

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kimbba, Community Member
6/26/10 6:11pm

Thank you for your encouragement.   

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Lisa, Community Member
6/27/10 6:22pm

Hello,

 

Yes they can do that.  Employers can do whatever they want.  You became a problem for them to keep you.  It would have been an easy fix for them by giving you the other job but they did not want you in that position.  I don't know if they have disability insurance for their employee's but if they do that may have been the reason.  They see you actually filing for it down the road.  That what happened to me.

 

I worked for an employer for 15 years then got dx with ms.  They were selling the building I managed but I also managed was a perfect fit to manage their school.  But they didn't offer me that job that had an opening.  I helped them build the school and knew it inside out.  They choose to let me go when the building sold.  I was an excellant employee.  I was hired by the new owners of the property and am still their property manager.  I've been at that building now for 19 years.

 

Funny side is a year later my old boss got a type of arthritis where he was in so much pain and could hardly dress himself.  He came down to talk to me about it and said; I can't have this disease, I have a life.  I thought no kidding.  Another employee of theirs that was part of the decision to not keep me is now battling with numbness and overall fatigue.  Almost sounds like MS. Ha.

 

I'll tell you, what goes around comes around.

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kimbba, Community Member
6/28/10 11:13am

I have insurance through my husband. They just wanted to get rid of me after 10 years of service; I had one of the top evaluations for 8 years. A new boss came in, I came down with MS and things just went down hill from there.

 

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Lisa, Community Member
6/28/10 11:38am

 

I know exactly how you feel.  I some times wonder why I told them about my ms but I never thought they would treat me like that but they did.

 

It actually worked out better since my new owners pay me alot more than my old ones.  But now I may lose my job because of the economy.  Waiting to see if the new owners step to the plate and pay the loan off.  If they don't I need to go get a real estate license.  That sucks.

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Janine, Community Member
6/27/10 11:30pm

In my opinion, u should call the EEOC in your area and ask that question. They can legally answer the question and it wouldn't cost u anything other than a phone call. Sorry this happened to u, and I hope things work out for u.

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By kimbba, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 06/23/10