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I believe I have a wrongful termination issue here. I was part of a class action law suit for unpaid overtime wages late last year. I was involved in an auto accident in April. The company who handles our disability claims, Metlife, denied benefits after only 4 weeks even though I was out for 5 months. Metlife also provided a copy of a recorded conversation to my employer, Verizon Wireless, in which VZW alledgedly based their termination of my employment on this conversation. I believe that this call may have been illegally recorded, I live in Illinois requiring a 2 party consent, and also illegally disseminated to Verizon Wireless by Metlife since this was part of a medical claim and may have violated HIPPA. When I returned it was a very hostile work place. I continued to have a leading performance except in the eyes of quality who was sitting right behind me, evesdropping on all my calls, whereas the rest of my team was on the other side of the floor. I also was scheduled to assist with new hire but that kept on being pushed off, even before the car accident, and I think this is because I am 52 years old and all of the promotions seem to be going to those under 40
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This was not a W/C claim but a disability claim since the injury occurred during my commute to work. The phone call in question was a call from Metlife to me and when they had called me I was under a heavy dose of Vicotin due to the pain I was in. I do not believe that the caller stated that the conversation was being recorded and when they do indicate that the call is being recorded on inbound calls they say for quality and training purposes only not for anything about being disclosed to an employer. Being that my employer has noted that I have been disabled on my discharge papers and had a previous incident at work, having a panic attack in which I was taken by ambulance to the hospital and if I did not take a higher pressure job with the company at the same pay I would no longer be eligible for pay raises. I was also called into the HR office by security about 2 weeks prior to termination and before they spoke to me they gave me a piece of paper and part of the ""employee obligations" in participating in an internal investigation was that an no retaliation against any employee who makes a complaint or participates in the investigation of the complaint. Well, I participated and they Verizon Wireless retaliated.
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