Help for employment loss or discrimination against COVID long haulers?

Posted by rbrzeg @rbrzeg, Nov 18, 2021

Is there an organization that will help with legalities regarding employment and discrimination against post covid patients?

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I just lost my health insurance in NC because of it!
Licia Rogers

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If I don’t heal enough to return to work I will lose my position as a therapist and my family medical insurance in April. At that time it will be 2 years and two weeks post Covid virus!!!!

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Ridiculous and not ok. The company, WilsonHCG, I was working for during this awful covid ordeal, put me on personal leave without pay while I lay in the hospital ICU with covid double lung pneumonia long haul. I had no idea of their decision until 30 days out form the time I was admitted to the hospital – obviously because I was so ill and unable to do anything but focus on fighting covid and surviving. After 70 days of fighting for my life (and still struggling with long haul symptoms currently) and surviving this horrid virus, I was given medical release by my physician and returned to work. The first day I returned, I received an email from the department manager that detailed ridiculous and unreachable (for any person) metrics to meet by this and that date. I literally just returned that day and still suffered from numerous long haul issues. I instinctively knew the company was setting me up for failure. Also, my first zoom meeting with the manager and supervisor was cold, non-compassionate, and they didn’t even conduct the meeting live! Instead they had their cameras off and all I could hear were their voices! Can you imagine returning to work and not having a true face to face with individuals who manage you? Then I was told I was no longer going to be paid salary and was going yo be paid hourly. What? I’ve been in HR my entire life and never treated an employee like they have me. I never heard from the company from the time I entered the hospital to the day I returned to work – never a reach out asking how I was, what could they do to help, nothing! They tout themselves as being a close ‘family’ like organization, too! I was so stressed from their treatment and bullying, I resigned that week. To me this is discrimination, harassment and non-compliance with ADA regulations (does everyone know long haulers like us are covered under the ADA rules and regulations?) I really need someone to help me enlighten this company that their treatment of me was malicious and wrongful. We need to stand up for each other – it’s horrible enough fighting for our lives then to fight for our job after we do survive is deplorable. By the way I have not missed one single unscheduled day of work in the past 15 years!

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@rbrzeg

Ridiculous and not ok. The company, WilsonHCG, I was working for during this awful covid ordeal, put me on personal leave without pay while I lay in the hospital ICU with covid double lung pneumonia long haul. I had no idea of their decision until 30 days out form the time I was admitted to the hospital – obviously because I was so ill and unable to do anything but focus on fighting covid and surviving. After 70 days of fighting for my life (and still struggling with long haul symptoms currently) and surviving this horrid virus, I was given medical release by my physician and returned to work. The first day I returned, I received an email from the department manager that detailed ridiculous and unreachable (for any person) metrics to meet by this and that date. I literally just returned that day and still suffered from numerous long haul issues. I instinctively knew the company was setting me up for failure. Also, my first zoom meeting with the manager and supervisor was cold, non-compassionate, and they didn’t even conduct the meeting live! Instead they had their cameras off and all I could hear were their voices! Can you imagine returning to work and not having a true face to face with individuals who manage you? Then I was told I was no longer going to be paid salary and was going yo be paid hourly. What? I’ve been in HR my entire life and never treated an employee like they have me. I never heard from the company from the time I entered the hospital to the day I returned to work – never a reach out asking how I was, what could they do to help, nothing! They tout themselves as being a close ‘family’ like organization, too! I was so stressed from their treatment and bullying, I resigned that week. To me this is discrimination, harassment and non-compliance with ADA regulations (does everyone know long haulers like us are covered under the ADA rules and regulations?) I really need someone to help me enlighten this company that their treatment of me was malicious and wrongful. We need to stand up for each other – it’s horrible enough fighting for our lives then to fight for our job after we do survive is deplorable. By the way I have not missed one single unscheduled day of work in the past 15 years!

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From HHS
– Guidance on “Long COVID” as a Disability Under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557 https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/civil-rights-covid19/guidance-long-covid-disability/index.html

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Sadly “reasonable” accommodation I am learning gives employers just enough wiggle room to make this often a rule without teeth and the employee loses and employers win. And during this complaint time one becomes unemployed, uninsured, and broke. Now what to do???? Scary times ahead for many.

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@liciarogers

I just lost my health insurance in NC because of it!
Licia Rogers

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Not ok

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@tolson24

If I don’t heal enough to return to work I will lose my position as a therapist and my family medical insurance in April. At that time it will be 2 years and two weeks post Covid virus!!!!

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Unacceptable

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@tolson24

Sadly “reasonable” accommodation I am learning gives employers just enough wiggle room to make this often a rule without teeth and the employee loses and employers win. And during this complaint time one becomes unemployed, uninsured, and broke. Now what to do???? Scary times ahead for many.

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I’m joining groups, making call and will make this a priority to change

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I had Covid9 months ago. I still have no energy. I want to go back to bed and sleep but it doesn't help when I do. I have my own construction business. I'm working 4 hours a day and it's virtually impossible for me to get up in the morning, but I do get up. Until I had Covid, I slept 4-5 hours a night. Now I sleep sometimes 13 hours and am still tired. Also, I have a crazy amount of sinus drainage.

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I am an ER nurse, showed up from day 1 of the pandemic, saved lives & lost lives, literally in the faces of those infected, got sick with covid from working directly with covid patients. I lost my job & insurance & workman's comp because I can't return due to long covid. Who cares for the rescuers? This is no different than the first responders that walked into the Twin Towers, showing up in the face of catastrophe and doing their job. We need congressional support to care for the caretakers.

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@rinadbq

I am an ER nurse, showed up from day 1 of the pandemic, saved lives & lost lives, literally in the faces of those infected, got sick with covid from working directly with covid patients. I lost my job & insurance & workman's comp because I can't return due to long covid. Who cares for the rescuers? This is no different than the first responders that walked into the Twin Towers, showing up in the face of catastrophe and doing their job. We need congressional support to care for the caretakers.

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My story is exactly the same. Feeling your pain…literally and figuratively.

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@kimmarie67

My story is exactly the same. Feeling your pain…literally and figuratively.

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have any of you contacted your legislators? my daughter and her union have. I think the more voices they hear, from everyone and everywhere, the more response we will see.
Sue

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