I've been sick since Dec. 29th 2015, when I saw the Dr. I was told to take 2 days off from work and rest. I called my job 2hrs before my shift started (per company policy), spoke with the dispatcher on duty at the time, told her I was sick, and would be back to work in 2 days. I went back to work on the 4th of january , turned in a copy of my Dr's note, Hr lady said "your ok" and I worked the whole week. Still getting sicker I went to the Dr. again, this time he said "Either take 3 days off from work now or be prepared to take 2 weeks off later." So, I again followed my companies policy and called in 2 hours before my shift to inform them that I was going to be out for 3 days and when I would return. Today I returned to work, turned in a copy of the Dr's note, was told all is fine, so I went and worked my shift. At the end of the day, the supervisor called me into her office for "coaching", as she called it. Then she proceeded to tell me that because I only had 1 day of sick leave available when I got sick, I now have 4 unexcused absences. If you don't get paid for sick time, then that counts as unexcused absences. She then handed me a copy of the attendance and absenteeism policy.
This states: If an absence is due to an illness or injury, you may be required to provide appropriate medical certifacion to support the absence and/or fitness to return to work. Failure to provide proper notification or certification of absence or lateness, as well as unexcused absence, late arrivals or early departures from work may result in disciplinary action
, up to and including termination
Absenteeism: Absenteeism is defined as arriving for work thirty (30) minutes late, leaving work early or calling off for any reason. Employees are asked to call dispatch at least four (4) hours prior to the start of their shift, but are required to call dispatch two (2) hours prior to the start of their shift. Employees who are absent for any reason as defined above within any 12 month period will be subject to disciplines as outlined below. 1-3 no action, 4th verbal warning (documented), 5th written warning, 6th 2nd written warning/suspension-probation, 7th termination.
How can they do this??? I followed all their rules and I have even worked sick. How can they say this is an unexcused absence when I took in a Dr's note, knew I would not be paid for being sick and paid 270.00 just to see the Dr. IS this legal??