I never wanted to label myself with a disability, but my doctors all said that they would sign the paperwork. It’s a huge pill to swallow, because at 43… I don’t want to stay at home. I can still fully participate as an employee, but by having a suppressed immune system, does cause me vulnerability on being a sick.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
It’s barely, January of 2023, and I have been sick twice. I was out the first week with the flu and was out for 4 days. This week, the end of January, I caught Covid and again, I’m out for a few days. I already feel like my sickness is a punishment, I don’t need an employer to make me feel less of an employee.
I know my rights as being disabled, and I am protected by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). However, when an employer makes you feel bad for always missing; it makes me wonder if there is more I can do. I do not need the abuse of my disability. If I could change it… I would in a heartbeat.
However, I’m not able to heal myself but at the same time I will not let someone talk about me for being out. I bring the appropriate paperwork (doctors excuses) to show that I’m not out for my own pleasure. I understand that it puts a burden on the office, but I did make it clear that I was sickly individual at the time of the interview.
I don’t know what more I could do, and I am not going to dwell in pity for this. It is what it is, but I’m researching more about my rights. Do not ever let anyone tell you something to make you feel worst. You are protected by a law, and you can sue. Keep all documentation from what your employer says (date and time stamp), all doctors excuses. It will help you make your case. Once your lawyer feels like you have enough evidence, proceed with everything you have in you! Don’t look back, you are the Victim. You did nothing wrong.