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Petunia95

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So yesterday I submitted a doctors note to my employer for two weeks off. my work stress has become out-of-control and it's causing my lupus to flare. Anyways with in 20 minutes of submitting the message my amplifier leaves me a voicemail telling me that they do not have medical leave and that I am to call her ASAP because she needs more information. This employer is a know yeller and bully. So instantly my stress goes through the roof. Before I could even call her back she calls again and leave me another voicemail telling me I am must be sleeping and sedated and that's why am totally ignoring her. At this point I decided it's in my best interest health wise not to call her. I can tell that she's furious. I and now I'm just at a loss as what to do.
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[idea]  have a friend or relative call your boss — have them say, as the note states, you’re too sick to work, & that, unfortunately, means too sick to even talk to your boss right now. Say you’ll call after at least a week off your feet. Best.
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Sounds like a witch
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Not sure if you are married but I would have someone else call the witch back. If your not married have a relative call for you. My dad did for me when I got real sick. Then when I did have to call in I waited till I knew she would not be in and left her a voice message that way she could not say I did not try and call her back. It also could be the witch just wants to know if there is anything urgent on your desk or something.

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There are laws which protect people with illnesses in the workplace. Here is a website which explains the FMLA.

http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/

You should not be bullied, yelled at, or harassed because you are sick. Hang in there, and I hope you feel better soon.

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As a hiring Manager i deal with FMLA all the time and it requires that you make sure your documentation is squared away snd submitted on time to your boss. Here in Texas, state agencies, especially those under Health and Human Services Commission are very accommodating to those disabilities (i hate to even say it like that sorry) and even have sick leave pools for people who expend all their leave can apply to use. The good thing is they typically have great insurance with no issues with pre-existing conditions. There are even small employers who may be more accommodating. Since you are talking about life changing stress levels, you should consider a job change. Even if you get an employment discrimination/labor lawyer to intervene, it could be years of stress before you get any remedy. I would document any communications with you boss for any future legal action and start looking around. I think its always a good idea to look for what opportunities are available for anyone in the workforce to keep abreast of what your market value is..
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I actually administer state and family leaves for a global employer and I have been doing FMLA administration for 13 years.
Depending in how large your employer is, you may or may not be covered by FMLA.

Without knowing the size of your company or the state you are in (many states have specific leave laws), I can't offer much advice. Stress is not really a medical condition but the reaction to stress is (decreased sleep/ appetite, crying jags, brain fog etc) so hopefully your note listed medical reasons and not just stress.

You really should be communicating with hr, not you manager about any medical needs/absences. You should keep you manager informed about your absences (ie, my provider states I can't work for 2 weeks) but then you provide the med docs to hr only. Your supervisor would not have any business reason to know your medical condition.

I know my response is late to the game, but if you are covered under fmla (or a state leave law), i am happy to pm with you about the process and how to ensure you get the rights you may be eligible for. But without additional replies to this topic, hopefully it all worked out well for you.
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