I was fired because of my lupus. My husband and I contacted an attorney immediately, but he said there was nothing we could do about it because I didn't have enough hours logged in to qualify for FMLA; I missed it by 2 lousy hours. I had worked there 9 months, but the last month was part time per my doctors order. I didn't know I had lupus when I first started; it wasn't until the 8th month when I ended up in the hospital for two weeks. The lawyer suggested I apply for disability, and my doctor insisted I not go back to work.
If she has been there long enough to qualify for FMLA, and (like redrose said) she has a doctors note on file, I suggest contacting an attorney to see if you have an EEO case. In the meantime, have her apply for disability just in case things don't go in your favor. It took six months for my disabilty to be completely reviewed and approved.
EEO is Equal Employment Oppurtunity. Employers are not allowed to discriminate against certain things. Unless she was eligible to take FMLA there is probably not much you can do if anything at all.
If she goes on disability and uses the "ticket to work" program they have, then she would have more leway(sp?) with being able to miss work because of a flare. She does have to let the employer know ahead of time about her disability and how it affects her and her work.
Hi hun, wow that is rough. You guys are so young. It seems like the others have given you some good advice. The only other things I could think of is to have her talk to her doctor and see if he/she might try to help her get disability. I'm not sure if DHS would be able to help you but they should at least be able to tell you what services you are eligible for. If she has worked there that long she should at least be eligible for unemployment. Has she applied for that yet?
I wish you all the best. Please tell her to hang in there and she didn't ask for this diseaseand not to beat herself up over it. I know it seems so overwhelming right now but it will get better.
I will be keeping you in my prayers