I have worked with the company in the pet industry for 3 years. About 6 months ago I developed a severe medical condition while at work. I was told by my supervisor that I could not leave my shift to seek medical treatment until I found someone to cover my shift or I would be fired. I found someone to cover my shift for 1 hour while I went to a Medi-Clinic. The Medi-Clinic could not provide the care I needed and advised me to go to the nearest hospital emergency room. After being treated at the emergency room, they (the doctor) said I could not work for at least 4 days. A family member took the Medical excuse to my supervisor. My supervisor was not to happy that she would have to find someone to cover my shifts. Yesterday, the same condition developed again. I was very ill and in pain. I reported to my supervisor and asked to leave to seek medical help. My supervisor said I was lying and preceded to use her phone to record our conversation. She accused me of being on drugs which is totally untrue and I told my supervisor to test me if they would like. My supervisor declined. After about 45 minutes to an hour, I could not handle to pain any longer. I needed medical help. My supervisor showed no concern for me or what was causing all the pain. I told my supervisor again that I needed to seek medical attention. I was told again that I was not permitted to leave or my job would be gone. By this time I’m crying in pain and just said ok and left to get help. I went to the hospital emergency room and was treated and released. I really didn’t want to quit but felt I had no choice. Can I get unemployment? Also, my medical condition is not caused by my job and my job only has 10 employees so I can’t file for FMLA (my supervisor told me this)
How big of a company do you work for? I can tell you if it’s a big company, that’s the type of supervisor that might have an HR person throwing up in their mouth due to all the potential employee rights liability they are potentially creating.
Objectively, I’d say you didn’t quit, but was forced by your supervisor to make an objective decision about keeping your job .. or attending to a serious physical/medical emergency .. which I will assume you know to make sure is documented and then present to someone higher up that your supervisor to explain what went down.
How many employees does your employer have? It’s relevant to FMLA (family medical leave act) .. which is a law and for some reason often seems to be the subject of employers not complying with .. thanks to some untrained managers, supervisors and bosses who think they run the show entirely.
Think about contacting an employment attorney .. now.
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