While on disabilty w/ a tumor HR tried talking me into returning so they could let me go.
On September 24th, 2008 I was diagnosed with a petuitary tumor which caused me to be off work for a month. After I returned to work in late October I found out I needed knee surgery, so on December 26th, 2008 I had the surgery. Expected recovery time was 6 to 8 weeks.
On January 24th, 2009 a representative from HR called to me at home stating that my department needs me back to work as soon as possible and that they were willing to accomadate any restrictions that my doctor would put me on including a sit down job.
On January 26th 41 members of the salary ranks were let go. I was to be 1 of those 41 but they had to wait to get me. I was a supervisor with 29 years experience in inspecting, packing, and shipping for one of the world’s largest aluminum manufacturing companies.
Sensing what was coming I stayed under doctors care and did not return to work until March 31, 2009. After being seen by the medical department and cleared to return to work HR showed up and discharged me stating that my performance level had dropped off. This company uses a yearly performance review system that I was in the positive performer level the previous year and had not been told of my lower performance level. My immediate supervisor who would have given my performance review also was let go on January 26th so they could not explain where I faultered in my performance. I will always wonder if this company used the poor economic situation to get rid of me due to my tumor and the uncertanty of my future health being that they are a self insured corporation. Being diagnosed with a brain tumor will certainly be difficult to find insurance in the future.
This post was submitted by Robert Neff.