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I am returning from disability leave. I no longer feel able

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I am returning from disability leave. I no longer feel able to do my job but don't want to quit because that would disqualify me for unemployment benefits (I am in New York). Actually there is part of the job description I cannot presently do I.e., go to sites and visit customers and supervise employees, so the corporation has reason to let me go on that account. Can I negotiate a dismissal that would leave me eligible for unemployment benefits?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for the information and your question. In all honesty there isn't much of a chance that if you go to your employer now and say that you won't be able to do your job, that they will take it as anything but a resignation. However, if your doctor has written restrictions in your duties and you return to work, you would essentially be asking for a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. However, if some of the duties that are considered "essential" cannot be performed, then the employer could deny the accommodation and let you go. Likewise, even if the duties you can't perform are not considered "essential," the employer can deny the accommodation if providing it would cause an undue hardship on the business (for example having to hire someone else to do some of your duties.)

The last thing you want to do, if unemployment benefits are important to you, assuming you can still work some kind of job, is to quit or indicate you can't do your job (other than through a doctor's note limiting certain duties. ) Because, if you do this, regardless of what the employer might say about "not disputing your unemployment eligibility," you will likely be denied UI benefits. The employer does not make the decision, the State does. If it looks like you voluntarily left employment, you will be denied benefits.

Please feel free to ask for clarification if needed.

Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

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