Please help! I underwent triple bypass surgery in June 2007. I returned to work in October. I work in a factory that requires heavy pushing and lifting. I've been there over 10 yrs. Since coming back I've been working on a "light" duty basis with my coworkers helping me out with the heavy stuff and in return I help them with what I can. I have chest pain due to the incision area where they did the surgery. these restrictions are documented with doctor's notes and such.
I feel that there is a possibility of my company firing me because of my illness. The company had mass layoffs several months ago. I'm feeling scared that I might lose my job because of my illness. I still get my work done minus not being able to push or lift heavy objects. Can they use the basis of me not performing my job as a way to fire me? there are still some type of work at the company that I feel that I can do, meaning if they really want to they can give me a position that will accommodate my illness. I tried to look at florida employment law website, but I can't seem to find what I need regarding termination because of illness. anybody know where I can find it specifically?
If I do get fired, will I be eligible for unemployment and should I get severance pay? I want to know more so that when I deal with management I know what my rights are. Thank you in advance for your help!