Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
Theoretically you could be suspended with pay for a long period and then lose your rights to healthcare benefits because you aren't working the monthly number of hours required by the health plan documents to be a qualified participant. But then up would have to be offered COBRA continuation coverage where you could pay out of pocket for the coverage. In this case it sounds more like they terminated you without actually telling you so...but you still have rights to COBRA assuming the employer has more than 20 employees.
Here are definite answers:
can they tell me that I am suspended with pay but really they have terminated me! Is this legal? ANSWER It is legal, there is no law mandating an employer be honest with you or tell you that you are terminated. Although it is generally logical because the employee would continue to come to work otherwise.
Don't I have to sign paperwork for this? ANSWER No there is no legal requirement that you sign paperwork for your termination.
Why wont they return my call? ANSWER I don't know. It sounds like there is some level of animosity between them and you...but I have no idea why they haven't returned your call.
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