Leane – January 25, 2013
I also had this same experience. I developed a chronic illness around my 10th year. After I had to take some FMLA time I was constantly written up and accused of not meeting deadlines. One of the deadlines was during the time I was out of the office on FMLA. I was browbeaten into taking a demotion which is against FMLA law just to keep my boss from attacking me. I finally had a mental breakdown and was forced to quit and go to therapy. Funny thing was my therapist says I am fine - it was a form of mental abuse that caused my issues. The above comment is correct - HR will do nothing except protect Management. Never assume they are on the side of the employee.
Rome – April 18, 2013
During the time I was there, there were people making alot more than I who not only had less experience, but did less on the job. During my depression , I went FMLA. My counselor decided to give me a return to work slip before he went out of the country. That was on a thursday. I got a call from his secretary a week later stating that the slip is waiting for me to pick it up. So I returned with the slip , only to have the nurse tell me that I need a more current date on the return to work slip. I contacted my counselor once he arrived back. he told me he could not make me a new one even though he knew I would be fired If he didn't do so. The whole entire time , the nurse never kept in touch with him nor my situation. Neither did any of my co-workers or leadership chain. So fearing losing my job, I took a chance and changed the date on my slip. I had no other choice. I tried everything.I told the nure my counselour refused to change it. She didn't care. My counselour wanted me to go on an extended FMLA and get minimal compensation. That was his advice even though i was ready to go back to work. I guess he wanted to milk the situation. I ended up working two days before the nurse called me in. I told her what i had done and why. Next thing i know, HR called me in to let me go for forgery. I felt like I had been set up for failure with nobody to help. I accept the forgery. I just feel as though I t shouldn't have had to come to that to begin with.