Bonney Lake, WA asked in Employment Law for Washington

Q: Can I take my boss to court?They continue to retaliate against me for medical issues even when they are excused by A DR

I’ve been with this company 2.5 years. I worked 5+ days a week with the “best” and busiest shift. Then, I got covid. My boss continued to harass me to leave my quarantine to buy an at home test even though I provided a positive covid test from the DR 1 day before. When I refused to leave my quarantine for them I was ignored for 3 weeks when asking them about sick leave. When I came back they took me off my morning shifts as well as cutting my days to 3 a week. Then I had to call out for being ill. I called 24hours in advance and said I’d provide a DR note and specifically said im able to return the day after. They retaliated by taking me off my shifts the entire week. I begged them not too and said I was able to work but they said “ I was too unreliable and missed too much” when I’d only missed work form covid and then a medical problem and provided proper documentation for both. Since then incidents where they told me I’m not good enough For morning shifts. only will work me 1 day.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: It is illegal to retaliate against you for taking a protected medical leave, such as taking away your shifts or giving you less desirable shifts. If you have paid sick leave or your employer has at least 5 employees, your short term medical leave is likely protected.

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