I am new to the board and would like some advise and opinions on or situation. I’ll keep it as brief as I can.
My husband has RRMS, he was diagnosed about 8 years ago. He started off having one relapse a year and managing his symptoms quite well but over the last couple of years, his relapses have become more frequent (3 - 4 per year). I know he has a daily struggle with his symptoms but he plods on and manages (sometimes only just) with his quite stressful job as an account manager, which involves sales and a lot of travel.
His employer found out by accident about his condition about 18 months ago (my husband was petrified of them finding out but I had been encouraging him to tell them). Anyway, on the face of it, they have been fantastic. The have been understanding if he has had time of due to relapses, hospital appointments etc), have arranged appointments with an OT etc etc. His line manager has phoned me personally to say not to worry, my husband has the company’s full support.
Over the last 6 months, his relapses have definitely become more frequent and he has noticed a progression of his MS.During this period, he as been undergoing test for some new treatment (Gilenya (fingolimod)), which his employer is aware of. To be fair, he has had limited time off work (perhaps 3 - 4 weeks per year total).
He was signed off work for 2 weeks early May due to a relapse and had 2 weeks annual leave for the first 2 weeks in June.
When he returned to work on the Monday after his annual leave, his line manager arranged a meeting for that day, stating that there were various things he wasn’t happy with regarding my husbands performance. The had an all day meeting discussing the issues, which mainly involve the merchandising of his accounts and how things weren’t being done properly. At this point I will state that 1) he achieved his most recent growth target and received a bonus for this 2) has been given a pay rise with effect from 1st July.
A couple of days later he received a letter inviting him to a disciplinary hearing in Wales, which he duly attended. At this meeting he was asked to explain why his role wasn’t being carried out to the standard that the company expected and if it was to do with his MS. They said that the OT has passed him as fit for work so this shouldn’t be an issue. My husband explained that MS isn’t just physical and that it does cause problems with his memory etc.
His employer also discussed asked him if he wished to reduce his hours (which my husband declined) and said that they would look into buying him an automatic car to aid his driving.On paper, don’t they look like a supportive employer?!
Well yesterday he got a Final written warning through the post! Apparently that was the outcome of the hearing! Its going to stay on file for 12 months. If he doesn’t improve in line with the performance review, he will be dismissed!
They clearly do not understand the impact that stress has on MS! M por hubby has to have this over his head for a whole year!
I just wondered if someone outside the situation could give their view on whether this is fair (& lawful) treatment? My gut feeling tells me that the are trying to dismiss him before his condition deteriorates further.
Has anyone else with MS been though a disciplinary prodedure?
Sory if he above is a bit garbled - I’m so worried - and angry at his employer!