I have been complaining to my manager and v.p. for months about the work environment. Working weekends, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays to ensure client deliver deadlines are met. I have expressed the need for the company to correct these issues (I am a single parent). In addition I have been working for 3 weeks without a properly installed keyboard. They had the audacity to tell me to have a relative come in on the weekend. Pay them on the side and then submit a false mileage expense reimbursement claim to get my money back.
On Wednesday, 10/6/04 I had enough. I advised my manager that I was going to contact HR and that I was at a breaking point. I had a severe headached again and this was just not right. The following morning I woke up with an even worse headache. I went to the doctor and she prescribed Xanax and 600 mg Ibuprofen for the pain. She also referred me to a Mental Health Specialist to provide an outlet for the problems.
I had also contacted HR on this day and filed a grievance for many things that had gone unresolved in my department. I advised of the concern with the keyboard, I'm still waiting on an expense reimbursement from a July cell phone bill, headaches, pain in the shoulders, and I was just tired and I wanted them to do something. My breaking point was at the end of the day on 10/06/04 I broke down in tears while discussing with a colleague who also advised me to file a grievance.
Today, while I am still on medical leave (day 3), my employer contacted me and terminated my employment over the phone. I told them that I am on medical leave and any comments or discussions they wish to have would have to be postponed until my physician returns me to work.
Please advise what my rights are? Can they fire me while the doctor has me on disability? Can they get away with this? I am also the only African American in my company. I've been stuck for 2 years in position that I was not hired to perform. I have a Master's Degree in Negotiation and Conflict Management and 90% of my time is spent processing billing.