Seriously how do I fight this?

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   Posted 1/27/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok I have been a disabled Army vet for the past 8 years and dealt with being diagnosed with fibromyalgia since I was 15yrs old I am 31 now. Here is the issue. I have chosen to remain working even though I have been collecting disability pension from the army since February 2003. I have a job in the health care industry. My supervisor (who by the way is in serious trouble already for multiple complaints from other employee's about her mistreatment of her employee's with our HR department) has told me that prior to my 1yr of employment with them I was not eligible for Family Medical Leave Act, (However I am covered under the Special Disabled Veterans & ADA acts) that she has accumulated points against me for attendance that will block me from promotion and can be grounds for termination when I was on strict orders from my physician to be on bed rest or to go to a doctors appointment. I know these two issues are covered under the two acts I listed above but when I called my EEOC rep with the company they told me they could be reversed. Yet when I met with my supervisor after she spoke with my EEOC rep that they would not be removed and I could still get fired if I take time off under a doctors order for recoup time. What can I do? How do I fight this?

Please help!!!!!

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   Posted 1/27/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Seems to me you could contact your EEOC department and speak to someone else. Your rep may not have the experience you need. My husband was an EEOC rep for many years with the FAA and fought to"the the death" for his clients. Try again with the office.

Hope this helps.


PS  By the way, welcome to the forum!!  I see you are a relatively new member.

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   Posted 1/27/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I would fork over some money to talk to a good attorney. It's amazing now a letter on legal stationery gets their attention.

Good luck and keep us posted...ok?
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   Posted 1/28/2009 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Still Kickin,

I am not familiar with your situation, but I think that you have gotten some good advice.

I just wanted to welcome you to the forum. I know that you have this issue on your mind, but when you get time, check out our thread called fibro101, it is very interesting.

I hope that things work out for you and that you can get the leave that you want.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 1/28/2009 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kickin'!!
I don't anything about the EEOC or the hospital related HR issues.  Sorry I can't be much help.  But I did want to welcome you to this forum and give you a ((hug)) to thank you for your service to our great country.
Hope you have better luck in the future with your work related issues, sounds like you have every reason to be concerned.
Take care - warm hugs,
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   Posted 1/28/2009 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Still Kickin,

I'm sure your company has a benefits department, I would go to that department and speak to them. They will give you information on your benefits and your rights as an employee. Also, you can find all the information you are seeking as far as your legal rights as an employee onlinet through the department of labor.

I wish you the best of luck.

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