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I am getting fired:(

So I got a message from my boss today... "I suggest you show up tomorrow and work 1545-2145 or consider this your last shift at *********" Yes I did call in broken today. I have a really good reason though I was is a car accident at the beginning of the month and I am still experiencing the effects of some pretty bad whiplash. I am a CNA and there is NO LIGHT DUTY. so My dr told me that if my boss couldn't offer me light duty that I was not supposed to go back. I went back for part of one shift and although I didn't do my share of toileting and transferring I set the tables and handed out snacks so I could take that load off my coworkers but that was even too much for me. So i called in broken and now I am going to get fired. I depend on my income to pay for school. I just don't know what to do.

DutchgirlRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in OB, M/S, HH, Medical Imaging RN. Has 33 years experience.

So I got a message from my boss today... "I suggest you show up tomorrow and work 1545-2145 or consider this your last shift at *********" Yes I did call in broken today. I have a really good reason though I was is a car accident at the beginning of the month and I am still experiencing the effects of some pretty bad whiplash. I am a CNA and there is NO LIGHT DUTY. so My dr told me that if my boss couldn't offer me light duty that I was not supposed to go back. I went back for part of one shift and although I didn't do my share of toileting and transferring I set the tables and handed out snacks so I could take that load off my coworkers but that was even too much for me. So i called in broken and now I am going to get fired. I depend on my income to pay for school. I just don't know what to do.

Firing you and you having a doctor not ready to release you back to full duty yet is against the law. I wouldn't let them push you around. I don't know how it is in your state but I would think you could contact the labor board about the situation. Good Luck.

I live in canada and no I don't think that he can do that legally here either but I have to wait for the holiday to be over.

Danianne:

My prayers are with you.

Angelsarch

Firing you and you having a doctor not ready to release you back to full duty yet is against the law. I wouldn't let them push you around. I don't know how it is in your state but I would think you could contact the labor board about the situation. Good Luck.

I always thought having a doctor's excuse was adequate as well however once I started working in the hospital, I always noticed you were written up for call ins (we were allowed 3 in 6 months) no matter if you were excused or not which could lead to suspension or termination.

From what I have been told, most places are at will employment. Meaning they can fire you for whatever reason they want to as long as it is not discriminatory. This of course will vary by state and you should contact your labor board for specific information.

I'm so sorry about you losing your job. Nothing like kicking a person when they are down! If you have a doctor's note it seems they should realize you are unable to work, and try to be more understanding.

I don't know about Canada, but in Oregon it is 'at will' employment - and they can always manage to come up with some reason to fire you if they want to, even if they have to lie about it (and I've seen that done).

I would still try to check it out though. Good luck!

I understand about you needing your income, but you don't want to chance working and possibly make the injury worse. Whiplash is nothing to fool around with, and you want to give yourself time to heal completely - especially if the doc is encouraging you not to push it.

How about unemployment till you are able to work again? :icon_hug:

As far as I know, here in BC they cannot fire you for being injured. My boss is an ex bank manager so he has no idea what being a CNA is like so, he just assumes that hauling some 300lb fat guy over all by yourself so you can do peri care is "light duty".

My boss is an ex bank manager so he has no idea what being a CNA is like so, he just assumes that hauling some 300lb fat guy over all by yourself so you can do peri care is "light duty".

I've always believed that anyone in charge of nursing staff should have a thorough knowledge of just what their staff actually do. If they spent a bit of time doing that work bet they might look at things differently. What annoys me even more is someone with, lets say a Master's degree in nursing, who has never worked as a nurse except behind a desk. Simply astonishing the things they can come up with! :angryfire

Yeah tell me about it. I posted about my boss before the mean mean man.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

One thing I think you should do, if you can still salvage your job, is to contact the doctor as soon as his office opens after the holidays, tell them what happened physically when you went back to work and that you have to have a written excuse from the doc because you were unable to tolerate light duty in order to justify staying off work or they will fire you. Most facilities accept something written from a doctor and will honor that. However, most places still can fire you if they like, no matter what your medical problem is. The holidays are a really bad time to call in sick. It's too bad you or your doctor didn't anticipate that this might happen.

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

Firing you and you having a doctor not ready to release you back to full duty yet is against the law. I wouldn't let them push you around. I don't know how it is in your state but I would think you could contact the labor board about the situation. Good Luck.

It is a terrible thing to do. But the person was not injured on the job. So if the person can't meet their job description, then they can legally be fired here in Florida. Of course here in Florida the employer can fire you for no reason, it was the same in NC.

However, knowing someone is under a doctors care and demanding they return to work sets them up for a big liability.

To the OP. I'm so sorry this happened to you. Best of luck in whatever you do. Take care of yourself.

So I got a message from my boss today... "I suggest you show up tomorrow and work 1545-2145 or consider this your last shift at *********" Yes I did call in broken today. I have a really good reason though I was is a car accident at the beginning of the month and I am still experiencing the effects of some pretty bad whiplash. I am a CNA and there is NO LIGHT DUTY. so My dr told me that if my boss couldn't offer me light duty that I was not supposed to go back. I went back for part of one shift and although I didn't do my share of toileting and transferring I set the tables and handed out snacks so I could take that load off my coworkers but that was even too much for me. So i called in broken and now I am going to get fired. I depend on my income to pay for school. I just don't know what to do.

Did your supervisor have the MD note in hand when she left you the message? You should check into a medical leave of absence. Just make sure all of the paperwork is in order and have your HR DEpt involved. HR will be able to guide you.

AtlantaRN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Hospice, Home Health. Has 13 years experience.

I'm in georgia, and it's a "right to work", state...in other words, they can fire you for ANY reason...they could say ANYTHING...of course, they are using your inability to work at this time as their excuse...

There is always another job...God doesn't close one door without opening a window.

linda

unknown99, BSN, RN

Specializes in Inpatient Acute Rehab.

Did you take out an FMLA when the accident happened? If so, then you have up to 12 weeks leave time where they cannot touch you.

RedSox33RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept, M/S.

Did you take out an FMLA when the accident happened? If so, then you have up to 12 weeks leave time where they cannot touch you.

Unfortunately, the OP is in Canada. I don't know what they'd have there for laws.

S.N. Visit, BSN, RN

Specializes in Home Health Care. Has 8 years experience.

That's a terrible situation. I'd be glad to look elsewhere for employment if I wasn't valued and recieved that kind of threat . :nono: It's their loss. I think you'll have no trouble finding a better job. Wishing you a speady recovery and great new job :)

In Canada there are strict labour laws. They can't legally fire me because of a car accident. I didn't aim to get in an accident and be unable to work so it is not my fault, and they are basically trying to say that I did it on purpose. My doctor told me if they cannot provide suitable working conditions according to his not the I was not supposed to work at all. He told another coworker who had hurt her back at work that a Dr. will write a note for anything these days. Also I really couldn't care less that I had to call in sick for the holidays. He doesn't have enough casuals to cover the shifts that nobosy wants to take on a good day. we have a staff of about 70 full-time and about 10 casuals. I am a casual.

That's ridiculous for him to do that. I don't know how it is for the rest of you guys but it's "at will" employment here in California but that doesn't mean that they can fire you for anything. The only time an employer can do that and get away with it is if you let them. If you get fired for something like not being able to work due to an injury that you have a doctor's note for then every lawyer will be frothing at the mouth to take that case because it'll be an open and shut win. Everyone has a right to fair employment...if you have to sue your employer to maintain that right then so be it, that's their problem not yours at that point. Best of luck to you Danianne.

oneLoneNurse

Specializes in Psych, Informatics, Biostatistics. Has 25 years experience.

Sorry, to hear this. I was forced to resign a position just recently. They did not seem to have grounds to force me to do it, BUT if your employer wants to get rid of you they will. They will create an agenda that does not include you.

Anyway, I worked there for eight weeks, loved it. I received five weeks severance which I thought was pretty generous. Thought the five weeks was a pretty good indicator of their grounds.

If you can please look on this experience as just part of life and move on. Though, I know from experience its hard not to hate your boss and/or the people responsible for the event.

Please ask about unemployment benefits. I happen to be Canadian and Canada seems pretty liberal.

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