Was I discharged for "Cause"
by N King
I worked for a South Carolina employer and on On Feb 24, 2010 I received a final written warning for attendance in which all of the days in this write-up were due to illness of myself and child...all of which I provided medical excuses upon returning to work. This is the very 1st warning I received regarding my attendance as on 2/12 I received my yearly evaluation and my attendance was not discussed there either. On Feb 25, 2010 I was in a car accident upon leaving work. I was out of work under MD care from 2/26-3/17 in which I contacted my employer daily regarding my condition and release back to work. I was never asked for medical documents prior to returning to work was only told to make sure I had a release that covered my days out. On March 12 I received a certified letter stating my employment had been ceased because I did not provide medical documents. At no time was I asked for these documents but only told I would need them to return. At a recent hearing I was denie benefits as being disqualified although the employer at no time could give dates, times or documentations where they asked for medical documents.
I would say no, you were not discharged for cause, but what I would really like to know is whether the hearing decision modified what statute was used and basically said if you voluntarily quit when you failed to provide medical documentation to the employer.
I would also ask you if you work for an employer that is required to abide by the Family Medical Leave Act .. because it seems to me that if they did .. you would have received notice from the employer telling you that they needed medical documentation to get you approved for that.