I had to have a total knee replacement, it has been a long recovery. My employer called me in 8-22-13 and I was let go because I was not able to return to work, per the doctor. They handed me a letter stating I was no longer an employee. My surgery was 4-25-13, and my return date is scheduled for 10-25-13, with limits on no airline travel until January of 2014. I am improving daily and feel I will be able to return on schedule. My position involves two weeks travel and two weeks home. I train office managers and operations managers on the administrative side of their positions at the nation wide branche locations (62 branches throughout the US and Canada). I have am 63 years old and have been with this company 15 years. This company employees about 2000 employees.
Once I questioned their decision, stating I had a prostetic knee and felt this was wrong and would probably fall under ADA
laws. The HR person stated that this type surgery did not qualify. Later on the same day of being let go she called and said she checked with their attorney and I was not fired and they would work with me. But I would have to pay my own benefits utilizing Cobra
, which will be ver expensive, but I will do what I need to do to ensure continued medical coverage.
That was one the worst days of my life, and I am scared they will try to find reasons to let me go since I questioned their actions. Plus I make fair salary and they could hire a younger person for much less, but I guarantee they would not have my knowledge or experience.
What should I do to protect my future, I plan to work until I reach full retirement age of 67?