(Panama City Florida)
A year ago, I dropped dead. I had to be revived with CPR and numerous shocks to my heart. I now have a pacemaker and defibrillator. I was told that my potassium ran out of my heart. It was not a cardiac arrest. After returning back to work after 6 weeks out, I seem to be pinpointed for small infractions that are written up.
It started when I fell asleep at my desk. I have been at this public job for 16 years and never had this problem. My cardiologist wrote a letter to be put in my permanent file stating that this was connected to my medicine for my heart. I also went to a sleep center to get a CPAP machine.
This week I was sent home without pay for three days because of this a what they consider a messy desk. I do plan reviews, answer the phone, help other fellow employees with their work, etc. I feel that I am being harassed because of what happened to me with my heart. I didn't ask for this condition and I am doing the best to work and I only have four years to retire.
My boss makes comments all the time about "you should check into retiring on disability or I would just simply quit this job and be a door greeter at Walmart's before I would let this job get to me." Sounds to me that he is trying everything to get me to just quit. I need this job and can't afford to just quit. I only have 4 years till I can retire. I am only 58 years old.
I need to find out if this is a case for a harassment suit or what? I have enough to deal with each day, and I don't need this continual pressure. On the paper they wrote up, I have to be babysat each day for the next three months and if they don't think I am doing what they want, then they stated that they can let me go. What are my rights? Where do I go for help? What should I do? I am extremely upset and worried about the next steps. Please help...