What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Florida
I fell ill on 4/10/12 and missed work from 4/10 until 4/23 due to that illness. On 4/23 I attempted to return to work with a physician's note, and was sent home with an ADA form that my job's HR department says I must have filled out in order to have the missed days excused and allow me to return to my position. My physician will not fill out the form because it is declaring me at least temporarily disabled (which I am not) and I've relayed that to the HR department at work. Their answer was to find another doctor who would fill out the form, and to continue to call in sick until I'm able to do so. I've now missed six additional days of work and my supervisor called yesterday to discuss my options. My performance reviews have all been very good and my quality scores (I work in a call center and random calls are graded on my customer service skills) have all been excellent, so my supervisor said that she'd like me to consider "quitting and coming back with a clean slate" so that the missed time doesn't come back to haunt me. She stated that coming back now, even with the ADA form, would result in a write-up that would put me in a precarious position and subject to termination if I get a poor performance review or quality score, while coming back as a new employee would let me start over fresh with the company.
I like my job, I'm quite good at it, and I want to return to work as soon as possible, so my inclination is to do as she suggests. I readily admit to not being the sharpest tack in the drawer when it comes to legalities and such, though, and several of my friends and relatives have said that they think it's a really bad idea to resign without having something in writing guaranteeing that I'll be immediately rehired. Is it reasonable to ask for such a letter in advance, and would a letter even mean anything in the long run if they really are trying to do something shady or underhanded? I don't want to quit my job, but I don't want to continue be stuck in this stupid limbo where I technically have a job but can't go to work, either. Above all, I don't want to to something colossally dumb that ends up biting me in the butt later on, which is why I'm here to ask for advice.
Thank you in advance for any insight or suggestions.