Being forced to resign after asking for accommodations.
by Tired of the Fight
I have worked for a company xyz for 14 months in a salary position. They have a very relaxed structure people are able to flex time as needed for shopping, getting nails done, sick leave, family leave, etc. There was also the option to make up time by working from home.
This flexible schedule has worked very well for me because I have an Autistic son and I have a medical issues that cause extreme fatigue. We have to keep track of our hours and I average 45 hours per week.
In the last thirteen months 8 employees have been terminated out of an office of seven employees. Extremely high turn over rate. I now have the second highest seniority. I realized that in August or September I was the next target. I was told that we can no longer work from home and that we need to stay in the office to make up any time missed. They started assigning my work to other co-workers. I have been actively seeking work since this time.
My anniversary date was in October and according to the attendance policy. I have five paid sick days for the year starting in October. I was off two days in November with the stomach flu and received a written warning stating that if I missed any more days I would be terminated and any missing days would be without pay.
In response to the written warning I wrote a letter asking for accommodations due to my health conditions and caring for an Autistic son. I wanted to be able to exchange vacation days in lieu of sick days or be able to flex time from home only if needed.
The following day they asked all employees to turn in their keys and that there would no longer be any flex time nor would we be able to work from home. My supervisor told me I needed to have all manuals and work complete by December 30th.
They also told a co-worker that this was a temporary situation and they would be able to flex again once they got a situation sorted out. I do have documented proof that employees are still flexing and working from home.
Unfortunately I came down with the rotovirus and missed two days after the first written warning and a fellow co-worker was out sick for the whole week and she was able to come in on the weekend and make up her hours.
my final written warning on December 30th for the two days I was off sick. It was stated that I did not follow policy and then I was bullied by the owner and HR to resign. I refused to quit stating that it was their decision to let me go or let me stay. The discussion started to get ugly so I stood up wished them a Happy New Year and said I would be in to work on Monday morning.
Today I was told I have until this Friday to get a note from my doctors explaining why I need accommodations.
I am in the state of Michigan and would like to know if I have reasonable grounds to quit. It is obvious that they have no intentions of making any accommodations and they are out to make my job as difficult as possible.
You seem to have a lot going on and yes, I agree they are trying to force you out.
But you can't be "tired of the fight" until you have exhausted all your alternatives .. and although I'm thinking this employer might not have to comply with FMLA guidelines .. I do believe they would probably be worried about trying to force an employee out if they are taking actions in contradiction to what the ADA is for.
I mention the ADA because you have an autistic son and even though I'm not all that familiar with the guidelines for that act .. I am suggesting you find out if they are doing anything they shouldn't .. thereby giving you some ammunition to get them to cease and desist.
So here is the place to find out if they are out of compliance.
The home page for the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The proof you have documented that you are being targeted with regard to their "flex time policy" might be useful to show that the employer is not uniformly enforcing their policies and instead arbitrarily using their own policies to target employees as needed.
Please note Tired .. the link of the left of the ADA site that says "employment" leads straight to the EEOC .. that's where you could file a "formal complaint" against your employer.
Please don't give up .. just yet not until at least you have investigated your rights to protection first.
If necessary .. talk to an employment lawyer that specializes in workplace discrimination and definitely get the note from the doctor or doctors.