I was working from home 3/23/2020 through 5/5/2020 due to Covid 19. I am a registered nurse of 26yrs who is a nurse manager that does MDS’s for state transmission (80% of my job is computer work). I have an immune disorder and have had a liver transplant in Oct 2017 and was approved to work from home
starting 3/23. On 4/24/2020 my administrator (new administrator who has been there approx 4 months) along with the regional nurse consultant were hostile
on Zoom meeting with all other managers present. On 4/27/2020 the administrator asked me about my health issues, when my next appt would be and various questions about my health and coming back to work on a zoom meeting in front of all my co-managers. On 4/29/2020 in the morning I filed a complaint against the administrator with my corporate head office about the breech of my medical information at the meeting. On the same day, 4/29/2020 in the evening I was phoned by the administrator and business office manager in my building telling me to 1. Return to work in the building (despite positive covid cases in the building and my immune condition) 2. Take forced FMLA (even tho I have a hernia and need to save my FMLA for upcoming surgery when it is safer or I can no long wait and it is essential to have it done) OR 3. Get Fired
The reason I was given was “The team is having a hard time without you” Nothing previously mentioned, no write ups in my file. My Regional nurse also got the same answer when asked why I couldn’t continue to work from home. I worked there for 3+yrs from 2014-2017 (when I had my transplant and could not return in 12 weeks and found another job with diff company after returning) They asked me to cover for them when their MDS nurse was on maternity leave in Feb 2019 (different administrator) and when she didn’t return they begged me to stay permenantly.
On 5/5/2020 I went on FMLA per the facility/administrator and turned in all the paperwork from my doctors and it was approved.
On 6/10/2020 I heard the current administrator who forced me either was fired or left.
Today I got a text from my regional asking for help retrieving paperwork on the government website that only I have access to and stated she wants to talk to me “about going back to work”…
A few things…1. The nurse they hired to cover me was working from home as well…so my thought is why didn’t they let me continue? That HAS to be wrong. 2. I was on workman’s comp for a hand injury I sustained in mid January that was done by a resident at the facility. 3. I filed a complaint with EEOC
. I have a hearing scheduled 8/28/2020.
If they offer me work from home again do I take it? Do I have to take it? Does it absolve them of my complaint since they decided to “offer it back” at this time when I’ve gone all this time with no paychecks no nothing from them? What is my obligation to them? Please help.