I'm on my second WC claim in 2 years. Same employer. The first one another employee dropped a heavy box on my head causing my first surgery - fusion at C5-6. The second I was asked by my supervisor to fill in for another employee who called off, so I tried to do 2 shifts of heavy lifting and bending in 12 hours. Now I have herniated disks and other issues L5-2, and am looking at a Microdissection surgery in the next month. So far the WC Ins company is paying. My question applies to the employer. In this economy my employer is cutting back severely, and not refilling emptying positions. They are asking people to take unpaid leaves to save money. My position is one of the highest paid tech positions, and even though I don't think they want to get rid of me, they may do it anyway. My FMLA runs out Feb 15th, so I have no job protection after that. I am still waiting on approval on the surgery. I have told the Ins comp. and my MD about my FMLA problems.
Any ideas on when it would be advisable to get an Attorney considering the loss of my job? Can I sue my employer if they let me go due to loss of FMLA? I have been in my career for 30 years now, and have only ever had glowing reviews. This employer has promoted me since hiring me, and I have never given them a reason to fire me. I don't really want to get one if I don't have to, as I want to go back to work. I am in Nevada and want to know what my options are. Thanks for your help in advance!