Sometimes when bad things happen to us the only sense there can be gleaned from it (in my mind anyway) is to share the experience with others, hoping that someone else won't be harmed like I (we) have been.
After I was injured in 2004 from a rear end collision, I was under the impression that I was they only vicitm. Wrong!
My husband was fired from his job of 31 years for excessive abseenteeisn. Mind you he was salaried and not subject to the company attendance policy. However, when you have a supervisor who doesn't care, and a general mgr. that has an old vendetta again my husband...all of a sudden he started getting written up. The crazy part was he wasn't in violation of the hourly employee policy..but when you are salary, there are only the rules that the company can make up against you.
Fast forward to 2007, after the dismissal, my hubby inquired with the MI civil rights office. They advised him to file a claim for FMLA ( family medical leave act) law violation. He saw a lawyer. The lawyer told him he had reason to sue. This is a federal law. The judge also ruled that there was enough for her to hear the suit.
Trial was this past October..and we lost! I am still crushed...the jury of 8 people said the reason they ruled against my hubby was because he should have known about this law. Well, they didnt listen very well during the trial, because the law states that the employee does not have the obligation to ASK for FMLA...
OK I'm really going on here....what I want to say is, if you or your family are getting help by someone who is working, and they are taking time to jelp you for doc appts, surgeries, recoveries etc....just know that in the U.S you are entitled to the time needed (there are limits of course) to do what you need for family, it can even be used an hour at a time. And if you happen to work for a crappy company like my hubby did and all they care about is firing you or writing you up...don't get frigged over....GO AHEAD AND ASK FOR THE FMLA...I wish someone would have let us know about it. And if you ask and they tell you you dont need it...or cant have it, get that in writing! No wonder some companies treat their workers lousy...they get away with it.
Didnt matter that the law was there to protect us, when you get a jury that gets confused, doesnt listen/understand...it's all over.