They cannot terminate you because of Crohn's. However some companies try to make other excuses. I had this happen but was lucky enough to be able to find a new job before I was termed.
I would suggest documenting everything you can. Also, start gathering references and be prepared to have a resume ready. Also, if they term you on the spot you may be escorted out so you will not be able to take any contact info of coworkers that could help you in the future for references or a court case if need be.
I am so sorry this is happening to you! I would make sure you get all the info you can before the meeting!
Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort Switching to Humira June 2008 will wean off Pentasa and Entocort
Diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma - Also on Prilosec for reflux.
Also - under the ADA your employer must make reasonable accomodations to help you perform the necessary job functions. If you can't perform the necessary job functions even with accommodation than they could "have cause" for discharge. But, if they haven't offered accomodations or if you are performing all your job functions then there isnt cause.
This is all just some life advice I have picked up NOT LEGAL ADVICE. I also recommend trying to find a labor atty to hear the facts of your case BEFORE anything happens.
Post Edited (FitzyK23) : 7/16/2008 2:33:50 PM (GMT-6)
Can you use your spouse's insurance or COBRA?
I live in Massachusetts where they offer low-cost state government insurance for low income people.
For me, I would rather not take the protracted legal actions against my employer. I would leave before they terminate me.
about 4 years ago, I worked for a small company and had a very mean supervisor. So I left the company after 2.5 months. I have been with my current employer for almost 4 years. It is a large company with thousands of employees. For the years that I have been with my current company, my boss has changed once. The first one was very nice. She said that Crohn's would not be a problem, because we have another colleague with diabetes and that colleague is just as productive. Now my current supervisor is even nicer. She fully understands my conditions because she has a niece with Crohn's. My current supervisor actually recommended a GI specialist to me.
The point that I am trying to make is that there are good bosses around. You just have to search for them.
Diagnosed with CD in 1994;
Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.
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