Can my employer fire me for taking doctor ordered time off?
My employer says I have had excessive absences.
They now say I cannot use my accrued PTO and cannot miss another day of work for an entire year (even when ordered by a doctor).
They say they will not accept doctors notes/excuses, and will terminate my employment if I don't go an entire year without calling in sick.
Can my employer do that?
Is it legal?
If I get 10 days of PTO to use for sickness & doctors visits, can they revoke that benefit for one employee and not others of the same position in the same department?
Can they consider less than 10 days 'excessive' if they provide PTO for 10 days?
Can they make me choose between doctor's orders to take time off from work and being terminated for taking that time off?
What are my rights, and what can I do to protect myself?
Please note: I don't qualify for FMLA...I was very ill for a few days, in which the doctor ordered me to take time off.