I have worked for my corporation for over 17 years. In late February of 2015 I became ill with something I had no idea of what it was. I couldn't keep my balance... I could hardly walk without holding on to something. Eventually i needed a cane and sometimes I was not able to walk at all... without help.
I first went to Fredericksburg Orthopedics Association... and after several weeks they determined that I needed to see a Neurologist. I was referred to Neurology Associates of Fredericksburg, VA. They ran many test on me. MRI's of the spine, brain and spinal tap. They eventually referred me to UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville,VA wher I saw Dr. Ted Burns (Professor of Neurology). This was last week and he diagnosed me with Miller Fisher Syndrome. A very rare neurological disease. FINALLY... I have a diagnosis and a treatment option which I am waiting for health insurance approval.
I am writing you, because back in May of 2015... although I didn't have a diagnosis... my doctor wrote a note, filled out FMLA
paperwork, explaining to GEICO that I need to work from home
. My manager had no problems with me working from home. But GEICO management and HR has changed over the years. I personally had a lady that worked for me who was diagnosed with Lupus and she was granted to work from home over 6-7 years ago...and still is... although her symptoms are near as sever as they were. I have other examples of where GEICO allows that.... but for me... I was told I couldn't work from home unless "Corporate HR" says "yes". Since May... "Corporate HR" (despite my attempts to get an answer)... has never said "yes" or "no". But by not saying "yes"... I can't work from home although I have had several doctors saying I need to do so.
My problem is a balance and walking issue. My disease affects my legs/feet and arms/hands... though mostly my legs and feet. What I have is an auto-immune disease.... Miller Fisher Syndrome as stated before. I just had my doctor fill out ADAA paperwork to once again request that I can work from home. My problem is, I don't have any faith in GEICO HR responding to me. I have GREAT Performance Appraisals. I am Management at GEICO... but for some reason... new higher manager is changing HR criteria an I'm stuck in a loop. I have little sick days left have hoped that GEICO would do right by me. But I'm feeling that isn't so and I see such a discrepancy in who is allowed to do things...and who isn't. Not sure what legal grounds I have... would be appreciative of any advice or direction you could provide. Again... my work ethic and performance appraisals... are excellent. Thank youl