Q: I just had heart surgery and my employer of 15 years seems to be trying to find a way to fire me. Should I lawyer up?
My employer quite suddenly has begun writing me up for perceived performance opportunities that seem fabricated after never receiving developmental feedback like this. I’m worried it is because I had health problems and needed open heart surgery. It could also be my tenure with the company. It feels like some kind of discrimination. I am a month ahead of schedule with my work and my projects are going exceptionally well. This seems like a concerted effort to get rid of me. I’m concerned and would like to know if I am fired, if I can pursue legal action.
A: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employees cannot be discriminated against or targeted for termination based on a disability or need for an accommodation based on a disability. If you think your employer is targeting you for termination based on your past surgery and/or ongoing related medical concerns (if any), then you should contact a Virginia employment attorney to discuss your situation in greater detail.
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