Well, I knew it was coming. My company has a policy that states when FMLA is over, you are automatically terminated. I thought I was ready for it but it was a lot harder than I expected. I had spent 10 years with these people. These were people I trusted and thought would help me out. I found out in the business world that nobody is your friend. You will get hosed as soon as the opportunity presents itself. I write software and was one of the top programmers in the company. When I talked with my bosses, they were 100% positive. "We'll just let you work from home til you get over this". "We can't afford to lose you and we'll make sure things work". Next thing I know, I'm out on my can. They didn't remotely take a stand for me or my position.
I learned the hard way that I needed an attorney that understands disability law. Come to find out, all they were doing was stringing me along until time ran out for certain benefits and all I would get was "you needed to file for this x days or weeks ago and its too late now". I feel like such a sucker! I just thought I'd post this to let anyone who is considering disability to get an attorney and don't trust a single thing that HR or anyone in your company says. There is absolutely no loyalty in companies anymore. People mean nothing to big business and I learned that the hard way. I have an attorney now and should be able to pull things out but it still hurts a lot knowing these people whom you considered your friends fed you to the wolves the first chance they got.
I'm going to get my LTD and then I'm going to do everything possible to get reimbursed where I should. I spent over $2000 trying to accomodate my disability in the workplace. They wouldn't even purchase a chair for me. When I brought up the fact that the ADA requires them to make adequate accomodations within reason to help me. All I got was "I make the decisions here and there is no way in hell we're buying you anything". Thats pretty much the attitude I got everywhere when dealing with HR. After I get my COBRA and LTD secured, I'm going to go after them for disability accomodations. I wasn't going to do anything at first but I have been treated with such contempt and disdain that I now have decided that I need to stand up for myself and hopefully somebody else in my shoes.
Thanks for letting me vent. Its going to take a while to get over this. I feel extremely betrayed here.