Thank you for using JustAnswer. I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Short and long term disability
is not protected leave. Your employer can still terminate your employment even if you're on disability. Now note that they can't terminate you because you filed for disability. But if for any other reason (economic, or they had to fill your position, etc...) then they could. Other laws could apply, such as FMLA
(they can't terminate you if you're on medical leave, but that's only for 12 weeks, unpaid, and even then they could terminate for other reasons such as economic reasons, etc...). If you are terminated, you remain eligible for short term disability
benefits until those benefits are exhausted. Because your disability occurred prior to the end of your employment, you may also be eligible to apply for long term disability benefits (assuming your employer offers long term disability benefits). This is true, even if you are terminated prior to the time when long term disability benefits would begin. Hope that clears things up a bit. If you have any other questions, please let me know. If not, and you have not yet, please rate my answer AND press the "submit" button, if applicable. Please note that I don't get any credit for the time and effort that I spent on this answer unless and until you rate it positively (3 or more stars). Thank you, ***** ***** luck to you!