Mary P. on February 23, 2010
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October of 2009. I went on company paid short term disability right after my surgery in order to recouperate. I returned to work at the beginning of December and started to undergo chemotherapy treatments. I work full time and since the start of chemotherapy on December 14th I have not missed any days of work with the exception of having to leave early for a doctor appointment. The owner has been very accomidating since the start of all of this until last week. I had a chemo treatment on Monday February 15th went back to work the next day and then unfortunatly I came down with a virus and a reaction to the chemo at the same time and missed the remiander of the week. My boss spoke to me on Thursday while I was still sick asking me if I wanted to go on disability again. I told him that this is the first time I have missed and no I did not. I returned to the office this past Monday where he approached me at my desk on my arrival to him saying I should go back on disability that I am not well very pushy and berating. I was still not 100% but ready to work again and I feel/felt very intimated and almost forced to say I would. I spoke to my doctor who feels that work is good for me as do I and I have a desk job so I should not need to go on disability. He also told me that he already has someone he can bring in part time to fill in for me. I feel I would be lying by going on disability and also cant afford to only have 60% of my pay. I need some advice as how to handle this and I hope you can help. I can understand if I had/have been missing days of work due to my chemo treatments but this is not the case. I feel he is trying to push me out and I need to know what my rights are.
Thank you for any advice you can give