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I have a friend who is housekeeping manager at a hotel. She has done the job for 6 years. She has been a manager at other hotels for at least 7+ years previously.
She broke her ankle this summer and took some time off for surgery and let it heal.
Her boss begged her to come back to work so she did with a walking cast/boot on. She did this for 2 months then her boss of 6 years got a different job and left. New corporate. management came in and told her she was a liability and had to leave.it was like she was at work and in 5 minutes she was leaving.
They said she still has a job but she can't return to work untill she is 100 percent. They are giving her no hours but say she still has a job.
She was able to do most of her job, I'm not sure to what extent but she is the manager. She is able to most duties like fold sheets, and wash bedding, and things a manager can do, like scheduling, ordering and what else managers do.
She filed unemployment and it sounds like she won't get it, we are not sure yet, won't find out for a few days. It's been 3+ weeks and excuses for why she has not received unemployment benefits are making me wonder if she will even get them.
I think the company with new management want her out so they can start new and figure they won't give any hours so she has to quit (Just speculating) . She can't afford not to be working.
I don't know if there is anything like disability she can file.
I don't want to see her lose everything. Thanks
Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Employment Law
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Employment Lawyer: Gerald, Esq, Attorney replied 6 months ago
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Employment Lawyer: Gerald, Esq, Attorney replied 6 months ago

Hello,

Thank you for your patience and thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow-up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

1) She should qualify for unemployment benefits because she has been denied work through no fault of her own. When an employee is effectively laid off they are entitled to unemployment benefits.

2) She may be qualified under the Americans with Disabilities Act for an accommodation and employment by her employer. Their denial of work to her when she can perform the duties can be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act even though the injury is temporary. Recent changes to the law provides some coverage for temporary disabilities.

See:

http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/131645.P.pdf

Your friend may wish to contact the Minnesota Department of Human Rights:

https://mn.gov/mdhr/intake/first-step/

They may be able to get her her work back and possibly backpay.

She can also file a federal complaint:

https://www.ada.gov/filing_complaint.htm

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Thank you for your fast response, I will pass this info onto my friend, may have follow up question.
Employment Lawyer: Gerald, Esq, Attorney replied 6 months ago
Excellent.
Kind regards,
Gerald
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