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You cannot be limited at work if the reason is retaliation for your FMLA or health issues. However, if your health issues prevent you from completing your assigned duties, then your employer may restrict you. The difference is that it's not retaliation, but rather in response to your own limitations as stated by a doctor. Simply put, your employer doesn't want you doing something that will aggravate your condition, thereby creating liability for the employer. The employer has a legal right to take this action if it means that you cannot complete your duties. So, if transporting or bending down and squatting is ordinarily part of your job, then your employer was correct to force you on leave while the issue is clarified and your new duties can be determined.
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