The coworker is a 37 year old kinda stocky guy who still lives with his parents and has never been married. He is a little slow and me and the other coworker work circles around him (the new supervisor has even stated that). The problem is that he gets very insecure...he thinks that by keeping the eyes off himself and onto my problems, he is being clever. We have had so many changes in management that its hard for the supervisors to catch onto what he is doing. He is able to work close to 70 hours per week with no problem, where the other guy and I have families and responsibilities outside of here.
I am so scared to go to HR because I know that I have one foot here and one on a banana peel out the door with my health situation. Before I got sick two years ago, I never missed a day of work. I am a good employee and have heavy responsibility here, but I dont want to start complaining and put myself on the radar. You know what they say, everyone is replaceable. Plus, I am the only woman in the whole company in such a highly technical position... and there are plenty of the the guys here who dont like it one bit. It makes me so angry, and its a no win situation, but one that I am praying fervently about. I just cannot lose my job!
There are a couple of bright spots on the horizon though...there is a tiny chance that I will be able to move to a different IT department after the first of the year. Its a 40 hour job working with three of the godliest men in the company. I am praying so hard that this pans out. The benefits and pay here are excellent, and its only five minutes from my home and childrens schools. The other bright spot is that I am in the town that landed the two billion dollar Kia plant. Not only will 5000 jobs open up there, but at least 11 new suppliers and another 2000 jobs will be available by next spring. Those businesses will need qualified IT personnel.
I know that what is happening is just plain wrong, and probably borders on illegal like you said, but I am certain I am in the same boat with so many others with chronic illnesses in the workforce. Hopefully, I will be out of the situation soon. In the meantime, I am hanging on with all Ive got.
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
Sjogrens, Crohns, suspected Lupus, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
Meds: Medrol injections; Plaquenil 400mg, Vicodin, Benadryl, Zyrtec
Post Edited (Victoria72) : 12/23/2007 3:44:54 PM (GMT-7)