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i got let go from work today for coming late last sunday. my

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i got let go from work today for coming late last sunday. my employer created a point system where employees will get a point everytime he/she missed a day of work, and half a point for being late 3mins or more. 7 point is where they the employer terminate the employee. human resources told us that we also get points even we have a doctors excuse for being sick. HR also added that if we are sick, we have to show to work and let our supervisor decide. is that legal?
Good morning,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today. In order to give you a clear and concise answer, I will need some additional information about the circumstances, please.

1. Do employees at your job have sick leave?
2. How many employees does your company have within a 75 mile radius of where you work?
3. Does the company access points if a person has sick leave available and they take a day off?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

yes we do have sick leave. yes the company does access points everytime we call in sick with sick leave.


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Please permit me to assist.

How many employees does your employer have?

When you were calling in sick was it due to a disability or health condition?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

when I did call in sick I had flu and fever. I went to see a doctor and the doctor told me to stay home for 2 more days before going back to work. and when I went back, my employer gave me a point. there is at least 50 employees in that company. and 90% of those employees are trying to fight to abolish the point system.


Again, I'm very sorry to hear about your situation.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

What your employer did is illegal, since under the Family and Medical Leave Act (or "FMLA") you are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for illness since your employer has 50 or more employees at your location.

Your employer is obligated to inform you of this leave, and it can be taken on an intermittent basis, meaning that you can use if for a few days when you are sick with the flu, and don't have to use it for any longer than necessary.

During that time, you are prevented from being terminated due to your use of FMLA leave and it is a violation of the act for your employer to terminate you when you are out on leave or to retaliate against you for taking that leave.

Your employer's knowledge that you have a serious health condition (including the flu) is enough to trigger the protections of FMLA, so I would recommend that you file a complaint with the EEOC for violations of your rights under the FMLA as soon as possible.

You can do so using the information online here:

The EEOC will then investigate your complaint on your behalf and either represent you on your behalf or issue you a right to sue letter so you can pursue your claim against your employer through a private attorney.

Again, since my goal is to provide you with the best service today, please do not hesitate to ask me any follow up questions or to request any additional information.

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