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state of WA can my company fire me while out for medical reasons? Washington

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  • state of WA can my company fire me while out for medical reasons? Washington

    So i have a torn ACL and miniscus. Last week i further injerd my knee and had to take off a week early for my surgery. I did not know i had a torn ACL prior to being hired on at this job. It has become impossible for me to preform my work duties. So i must get the surgery, but i havent worked for the company for too long and dont qualify for FMLA. So in the state of WA can my company fire me while out for medical reasons?

  • #2
    If you do not qualify for FMLA, they can in every state. No state has a law that prohibits an employer from firing an employee on unprotected medical leave.

    That doesn't mean that they will - just that if they do, it is likely legal.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


    • #3
      As lousy as it is, it is completely legal. I know it's the pits, but that's the way it goes.

      Have you indeed been discharged?
      Not everything in America is actionable in a court of law. Please remember that attorneys are in business for profit, and they get paid regardless of whether or not you win or lose.

      I offer my knowledge and experience at no charge, I admit that I am NOT infallible, I am wrong sometimes, hopefully another responder will correct me if that is the case with the answer above, regardless, it is your responsibility to verify any and all information provided.


      • #4
        Thank you to all who answered my question! I kina had that feeling and yes its the pits!


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