Nov 15, 2019 by VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN
VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.
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I was fired from a job essentially for having a chronic mental illness. I'd had to go out on medical LOA for three weeks, then came back with a very brief list of accommodations, signed by my doctor, that I needed to continue in the position. My employer shot down every one systematically; they made it clear that they didn't have to work with me and they weren't going to. End of story. I was let go three days later.
I suppose I could have fought it. I probably should have gotten on board with the EEOC and asked for a lawyer to take my case. But I was so beaten down by the circumstances that I didn't have the emotional energy to do battle. Besides, the employer would have had to give me my job back, and who wants to work for a company like that?
Now I can't work, I'm on disability and had to give up my nursing license this year because I didn't have any practice hours in 5 years. I still resent that company because I loved that job, but once they knew I was ill, it was like they turned on me and did their best to force me out. The corporate nurse told me that "it's not your fault, it's your brain chemistry." If that isn't discrimination, I don't know what is.
May I ask what kind of accommodations were recommended? In many circumstances workplaces can't provide those accommodations due to the patient population, job description, etc. I don't mean to be negative, but I know it can be hard for the employer to accommodate as well.