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I was terminated by a DOD contractor because I broke my hip.

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I was terminated by a DOD contractor because I broke my hip. The contractor only has 9 employees within a 75 mile radius. I filed a complaint with the attorney general in Phoenix and received a notification that I have a right to sue; however, after talking to a lawyer referrefed to me by the bar association, the lawyer said I would have to file under FMLA or disabilities act and he didn't think I qualified under either since I broke my hip. Is there something that exempts the 50 employee rule for DOD contractors?
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Arizona
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: I filed a complaint with DOL. They had me file a charge of discriination to the Arizona Attorney General's Office, Civil Rights Division and EEOC. I filed the complaint January 29, 2016. I received a letter from them dated 25 October 2016 indicating that I have a right to sue and would have to hire an attorney. I contacted an attorney through the Pima County Bar Association who said I could file a suit under FMLA if the employer had 50 or more employees in a 75-mile radius, or under the Disabilities Act if I was disabled, but he didn't think I qualified under either because of the broken, repaired hip and the contractor has only 9 employees. I want to know if due to their being a Department of Defense Contractor with employees working for Fort Huachuca, AZ, is there an exception to the number of employees they are required to have. They are a small business.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Am I goinog to be charged for this?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 10 months ago.


Thank you for the information and your question, and I am sorry to read about your situation. Your attorney should have explained to you that a DOD contractor is not treated any differently under the law than any other employer. In order to qualify for FMLA, you would have had to work for an employer that had at least 50 employees in a 75 mile radius. However, if you had requested extra time off for your injury, then under the ADA, if the employer has 15 or more employees, they would have to provide you with a reasonable accommodation under the Act if they could do so without causing an undue hardship on the business.

Your broken hip would most definitely qualify you under the ADA. The only issue is the number of employees that the Company has and whether an accommodation would have caused them an undue hardship.

Please feel free to ask for clarification if needed. If none is needed, then if you could take a moment to leave a positive rating in the ratings box above, I will receive credit for assisting you today. Thank you

Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 10 months ago.

Hello again,

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