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8 months ago

@marcp I’m in the US so not familiar with your rights or laws but I was similarly targeted by a manager and effectively pushed out at a convenient time when the company was having layoffs. There are legal avenues for me to pursue that I am considering. I hadn’t disclosed my MS to my manager as I had no trust in her whatsoever but did tell my HR manager right before dismissal and of course the company knew that I had MS as I had to declare all drugs I was on when I took the blood test back in 2012 when I was hired and Copaxone is only used to treat one thing!

At a meeting reviewing unemployment eligibility when I mentioned that having some visible disability (using a walking stick to get in and out of interviews) I think affected companies decisions to hire me as a business analyst (where you only have to walk to get into the building and to meetings) the person leading the Unemployment Compensation meeting said that I should contact the DVR – Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. This could help me apply for disability insurance in the future so was a good meeting for me to go to at this point and apparently they sometimes pay for equipment or training that I may need to get into a new job as well. For example they may pay for my FES device to cover my foot drop so I can interview and work without a walking stick.

My old company also has a “disability board” that I can contact or appeal to and I may try that route as well. If I claimed Disability when I was in the company they would have paid 70% of my salary for a period of time so it was in their best interest to get me gone before that. There are legal avenues outside the company as well and hoards of lawyers that would pick up and push my case.

I am still looking for and pushing for a new job but only giving that another month or so before I switch my energy into pushing for disability as I’ve been interviewing but not getting the offers.

Good luck- look into and know your rights – this is a battle many of have faced or are in the middle of.