Oh yes, they went through the warnings. Problem is their policies regarding time and absences, how they're worded, etc. We didn't get "sick time" - we accrued PTO (paid time off) as we worked and that was supposed to be enough to cover vacation and sick time. Well see, the thing is, if you miss work (unless approved beforehand, like vacation) for ANY reason - you get an "occurrence" - after 3 of those, you get your first warning. So, if you're sick - even if you have the PTO to use - you get an occurrence. Also, one of the blurbs in the policies states that you may be required to provide a note from your doctor regarding your absence, and that failure to provide it may result in an occurrence. So that seems to me to say if you get a note, you're cool, otherwise you get an occurrence. Basically - you're screwed one way or the other. Ill, your power's out, your pc goes down (mine did, got infected from a virus that I got while using THEIR security software), your phone or internet goes down - you get an occurrence. And I work for the phone/internet provider. Pretty messed up, isn't it?
To cover my butt, I ALWAYS went to the doc to get a doctor's note. Did it matter? Not one bit. No matter how you slice it, unless they tell you yeah you can take that day off in advance - you get an occurrence. Pretty horrible. I'm not sure how to find out about if this is legal or not - it sure isn't ethical. I was given the name of a lady in HR that I can speak to - and I suppose a lawyer is always an option. I sent a message to my first supervisor - she was excellent and she's helped people before, including me - to get her advice. That was days ago and I haven't heard anything else. I don't want to bug her but I need to know if they can get away with this.
I'm putting in apps wherever I can. I'm taking a few classes to learn a new skill. I filed for unemployment - but I fully expect them to fight it. Being denied that will be a huge financial burden for us. And I really want to look into disability. I've requested a free consult with a disability lawyer in order to see if I'm a candidate.
I really appreciate everyone's support. It means the world to me <3
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