I am a current federal worker with 28 years of service. I am currently the security manager for my agency and work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. I have no history of dispensary problems and had just received a cash award and time off bonus on my civilian appraisal. A week later I was injured at work and filed a claim with DOL. Because I was under a doctor’s care and taking medication I was prescribed were narcotic’s or had similar side effects, my supervisors allowed me to telework while the paperwork was filed with the Department of Labor
. The process has dragged on well over the 45 day period and I was still allowed to work from home
. The problems started when my supervisors started demanding I work outside of my normal duty hours and while I was on my official sick leave. Then they asked me to falsify and official document that would give a high ranking person access to a restricted area and I refused. Immediately after that, they suspend my ability to telework and require me to report for duty, take leave or would be charged AWOL. Being that I am still under my doctor’s care, told that I should not operate a vehicle because of the pain medication I was taking, I opted to submit sick leave requests. It appears that my supervisors are not approving this leave and are demanding I report back to work. I have sent two emails to our director of HR and have not received a reply as of yet and I have recently filed a complaint with my agency’s Office of the Inspector General. We have no leave policy in place and I have requested leave in the same fashion and there was never an issue till I refused to work without complementation, while I was on sick leave and refused to falsify that official document.
- Can they force me to work while I am on my earned sick leave without pay
- Can they force me to work outside of my normal 8 hour shift without pay?
- If they are aware I am under a doctor’s care, on medication, should they disapprove sick leave that I have earned and force me to work with threats of AWOL?