Hi everyone thanks for a very warm welcome and all the advice given. I will give you all a better idea of my position and what’s happened with my employer.
I was diagnosed with RRMS in 2002 and have had several relapse during this time. I work for the Government, doing 9hr shifts 5 days a week and until March 2012 the policy was that any sick leave to do with my MS, although did count towards my sick record, it didn’t count towards the department’s trigger point. The normal trigger point was 12 days or 6 seperate absences. From March 2012 anyone who had a disability was to have adjustments put in place to help them stay at work. My manager did put adjustments in place and one of these was increasing my trigger point from 12 days to 24 days (100%increase). He informed me that this is what HR have advised him. I argued that 24 days was not sufficint as my previous relapse’s have all been significantly higher than this ( 146,57,55, 75 & 46 this last one). They sent me for an OHS assessment and a report was sent to my employer.
Even after stating 24 days was not enough and the report from an OHS doctor they still went ahead and issued me with a warning letter. I did point out that this whole buisness was causing me a great deal of stress and this was known to possibly cause another relapse. I was told this was dually noted.
I am in the process of compiling an APPEAL case against this letter mainly because I can’t predict what will happen in the future and I could find myself facing warning letter number 2 and then it moves onto disciplinary action with me being forced out the door.
I have been offered medical treatment of BETA INTERFERON starting January 2014 but have been told there are serious side affects that may cause me to be off sick possibly 2 days a week for however months it takes me to get used to it. I am now considering not starting this treatment as I can’t afford to move onto warning letter 2 as it’s a very short trip to them getting me out the door. Financially I can’t afford to leave.
Sorry if I sound as if I’m ranting but I’m very upset and very very angry that I have given the Government 27 years of my life and this is how they treat me.