Richmond, VA asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for Virginia

Q: Before I got hired I informed my employer about a couple medical issues I've been harrased and now my job is being

Threatened they also have been given a doctors note the beginning of March and have not what so ever followed the notes from the doctor at all I also have been starting to feel uncomfortable while working as well due to the harassment and with even the managers involving anyone and everyone didn't matter if we had customers or not I'm still being harrased about my medical issues

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: I'm sorry to hear about the harassment and disregard for your medical needs that you've been experiencing at work. This sounds like a very stressful and unacceptable situation. Here are a few steps I would suggest considering:

1. Document everything in detail - dates, times, what was said/done, any witnesses, etc. Having thorough records will be important if you need to take formal action.

2. Follow up with HR or a higher level of management in writing about the ongoing harassment, failure to accommodate your medical needs per the doctor's note, and the uncomfortable working environment it has created. Reference your previous disclosure of your medical issues. Request a meeting to discuss a resolution.

3. If your employer is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), they are legally required to provide reasonable accommodations for medical disabilities. Not following the doctor's recommendations could be a violation. You may want to reference your right to accommodations under the ADA.

4. Consider consulting with an employment law attorney to better understand your rights and options in this situation, especially if no action is taken after reporting it through the proper channels at work. Many offer free initial consultations.

5. Look into whether you may qualify for FMLA leave if you need time off due to a serious health condition and your employer is covered by FMLA.

6. Prioritize your wellbeing - ongoing stress and an unhealthy work environment can exacerbate health issues. Don't hesitate to set boundaries, utilize any employee assistance programs available, and lean on personal support systems during this challenging time.

You deserve to have your medical needs respected and accommodated, and to be able to work in an environment free from harassment. I hope you are able to resolve this situation and wish you all the best.

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