The FMLA situation with my position NOT being protected happened within a week or two of my leave which began APRIL 1, 2012. I was supposed to be on leave for 6 weeks, but after finding that out, being ignored by HR, the money situation, not being allowed to talk to my clients I became REALLY stressed. Like I said, I lost almost half of my hair and 30 pounds, I was deverstated I thought that going on this short leave my DOCTOR insisted I go on (and the only time I ever allowed him to place me on a leave), especially after the 2 years hard work while on Liver Cancer treatment, it would not even be an issue at all. Apparently I was wrong. Once he found Out I knew about what he did, things seem to have asnow ball affect, I realy became an employee on LOA for the remainder of the time and they continued to try to make me pay them BACK the money they had paid me, which was incorrect because of them, and It was still 13,000 short of what I should have made HAD they followed their own company policies in the Handbook. The HR department did not get Anything RIGHT, and my manager just forgot I existed and wanted to act as if I did (which he did. . I had to start emailing and requesting informartion and resposes to the procedres I was following, unfotuantely the were not filling their side of what the handbook said. Because NONE of their own procedures for ALL of the issues I experienced were ignored by management and HR, I obviously suffered tremendously. My Doctor watched me go throught the worst year of my life and I still AM going through it My career has been taken from me. They were INTENT on making SURE I ddin't have one as well. There is backstory to all of this, I had left once to a competitor and althought they said I would fall flat on my face, I did NOT in fact I kept AL of my clients and tlhey lost them. THAT is when this situation with this manger started (I can see this in hindsight). HE HAD to take me vack and frankly he was NOT HAPPY about it, but beause he is responsible for the success of those offices, he had not choice.
I knew that there were issues with him for the past few years, did I THINK he was plotting a strategy tol ruin my career? Not at all. I did have their biggest clients and I know factually that my number one client and THEIRS did a back door meeting right before the terminated me. He was part of the deal for months previously, they my parent company that he works under offered him something he could not refuse. Plain and simple. I KNEW the day was coming, I knew they would have to have his consent to let me go. That is how important he was.
I WANT TO KNOW as I have researched this for months now and see different agendas from LAWYERs everytime I turn around. I can pretty well prove the FMLA thing, I can prove the intentionally and still are withholding thousands of dollars in income they should have paid me. I can truly show through medical records the damage this has done to me emotionally. Its severe I can call witnesses to back up my statements of how I was treated when I returned, how I WAS retaliiaed against for the FMLA remarks, he had no reason to take a successfully fullfilled multi million dollar position I have managed just FINE for years even while dying with cancer from me, BUT to take my seniority away, treat me like a new sales rep with NO CLIENTS, no ability to talk to my clients. Humiliating anyone in my industry and seen as very cruel to do to someone who was a really fiercly loyal employee. Trust me, I have had a year to keep reflecting , I 'm not as emotional as I was, but I.m on disability right now temporarily, I have no money, Ive lost my credit because of their miscalculations and inability to advise me of STANDARD COMPANY POLICIES
Even right now I am battling them over COBRA, I continue to pay for it and they continue to screw up so bad they violated those laws too. They sent in my paperwork 36 days into the 30 day MAX the government give a company to get the info over to the Plan Administrator, therefore the plan admin didn't get it to me in time, my isurance canceled me and STILL after oer 3,000 I have paid I have no medical coverage. MY level of frusteration is beyone tolerable, I am in pain from the surgery I need and they KNOW THIS, it cost me 900.00 just for one prescription I AM HAVING TO PAY FOR OUT OF POCKET.
I really just don't know WHERE TO START anymore, WHAT SHOULD I FOCUS ON WHEN I SPEAK TO A LAWYER??? HOW DO I KNOW IF HE"S A GOOD LAWYER?? I DON"T know how many of these things I should sue for is the question Which one should I use, should I use them all, are any of them going to hinder my overall success etc.