Hello everybody, hopefully somebody can help me out with a few issues i'm having at work at the moment.
I'm currently working for a rather large company in the UK.
I started working for the company about 10 years ago now, at the time I applied for the engineering job I declared that I had Crohn's disease and fortunately enough got the Job. I started working 2days 2nights 12hours, then 4 days off. Well all was going good up until this time last year when my illness progressed to the stage where I needed surgery. Prior to the surgery I struggled with pain, diarrhoea and blockages which led me to having 3 months off work, so me and the consultant thought it was the right time to have a resection. All went well with the operation and I recovered at home for another 3 months, so in total I've had 6 months off.
After my recovery I had a meeting with work to see the company occupational health nurse. She placed me on 6 hours days for 2 weeks and also asked if it was ok for me to sign a letter giving the company permission to contact my Surgeon for him to explain what I've had done. So thats what I did.
A couple of weeks passed I recieved a carbon copy of the letter from the surgeon. In his letter he explain the procedure and quotes that I recovered well but from a occupational point of view he should be able to go back to most physical activity although fatigue is a big problem with Crohn's patients.
Now the issue I have with work is that my manager wants to change my working hours and pattern. Now they want me to work 5 days per week, 8am-4pm. (weekends off)
To me this is the worst thing that could really happen! Not only will it be alot less money and annual leave but also it will be hard to fit all my appointments in to see my gastro team. My question I really want to know is can my company go ahead and do this to me? Is my company discriminating against me under the DDA for having Crohn's disease. The strange thing is I don't really suffer with fatigue and I work hard as any other employee at work...
Now my surgeon has given them this letter saying that people with Crohn's suffer with fatigue have I had it??????
Sorry its so long and boring, its just making me worry somewhat and I thought maybe somebody could help. Thanks.
5mg Pred tappering over a 5 week period.
Resection 28th Jan 2008