Hello and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to assist you. I'm so sorry to hear about both your husband's medical issues, and his problems with his employer.
You are correct that FMLA guarantees that when a person returns to work, that person will be given the same job (or a substantially similar job), and have the same seniority and pay. Additionally, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA
) requires the employer to make reasonable accommodations for a disability. Accordingly, the accommodation that he not do any heavy lifting or climbing is certainly reasonable for a computer support specialist, and should not be a problem.
I suspect that there may be a miscommunication about your husband's condition. I would ask the doctor to provide a new letter which is a little more specific regarding the weight that can be lifted and what can/cannot be climbed. It sounds like HR is confused. Or, since the job does not require substantial lifting or climbing, you may ask the doctor to write a new letter which has no restrictions, with the idea that in the future if he is asked to lift heavy items or to climb things, at that time he can seek a new letter that is specific. I would do what's necessary to get your husband back to work. Based on what you wrote, it doesn't sound like he really needs any accommodations at work, and it sounds like that is what is confusing HR.
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