Q: After receiving long term disability, my job threatened to fire me. I came back and lost my benefits and they fired me.
I had an injury that required me to be out of work for about six months. I received long term disability benefits from my employer. I was then told that I had to return to work by a certain date or my position would be terminated. I went back and three days later was put on inactive employee status. I’ve lost my disability benefits and was terminated after my return. Is this legal?
A: If you feel you have been discriminated against by actions of your supervisors or co-workers at your workplace because of your race, age, gender (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation or national origin, religion or marital status or because you have a disability, or feel you have been retaliated against for speaking out or asserting your legal rights in the workplace, you should contact the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) here in Tallahassee. The FCHR's toll free telephone number is (800) 342 8170; or you can call them at (850) 488 7082. If you do call, ask to speak with an Intake Counsellor. You do not need a lawyer; but retaining one before you file a charge of discrimination will help get through the bureaucracy.
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