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Work trying to get rid of me on ill health

Apr 19, 2017 11:03 AM

Hi all I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia although I feel I've been living with it a lot longer. My work are trying to dismiss me on ill health grounds .They are saying they would have to make significant adjustments to keep me in my role. It flagged up as I had to take a week off because of a flare up in January and my doctor advised me to work half days for a month after that. They are saying it's a significant absence . They sent me to occupational health who say I am fit for work. My union rep has suggested I get myself assessed by DWP to see if I qualify as disabled. I don't know where to start to do that I wondered if anyone else has been through something like this themselves. I would prefer to stay in work because I feel it helps me and I love my job. Yes I do have bad days/weeks but I try to self manage that by resting after work and at weekends. I would appreciate any feedback TIA

Apr 19, 2017 1:47 PM

Is there any way that they would consider a job share for your position? That way you could still do the job you like but do it part time, that way you won't be as pressured and have more time to rest and your work place still has your position covered full time.

Claiming ESA isn't easy and if you're still working they may not assess you and PIP is almost impossible to claim unless you have mobility issues.
I had to go through the whole appeal process, even going to the tribunal in front of a judge! I did overturn the decision of them telling me I was fit to do some work. I have recently applied for PIP because I was told to claim for it even tho it is highly unlikely that I'll get as I've no physical disabilities.

Good luck and I'm sending you positive vibes and warm healing hugs xx

Apr 19, 2017 2:36 PM

Thanks Sezzy it's a mine field. I'm happy to do my job ,I just have times where I need to rest and recover and my boss isn't having any of it. In grand scheme of things I've not had that much time off compared to some of my other colleagues. Job share sounds great but again my boss would not approve. I've done the job for 7 years . The whole benefit system seems screwed up to me . I'm caught between a rock and a hard place because work are saying I'm not fit but looking at criteria needed for disability the government say I am fit for work. In ideal world work would accept I have chronic condition and just support me at work

Apr 19, 2017 6:13 PM

I prey for the best for you. It doesn't sound right that your work can hold your illness against you. Fight for what you want to do. And what will work best for you .

Best of luck . 😊

Apr 20, 2017 1:30 AM

Ty @westrengirl for your support 😊 I have been doing my job well I don't see why they want to get rid of me when I have less time off than others 😑

Apr 20, 2017 2:20 AM

Is it a big company you work for or a smaller one where your boss runs it?

If occupational health have said you're​ fit for work then the DWP will also say you're​ fit for work, I'm not sure why your union rep would say to be tested for disability knowing occupational health have said that.

Is there any way that occupational health could intervene? Could they push a job share or reduced hours? Even if the reduced hours was an hour or two a day....Say you go in an hour later if mornings are not so busy and go home half an hour early?....I know you love your job and you've ​had less time off than your colleagues, which to be honest I can't understand why your boss is being like this, but would something like this help in the long run? So that you're still able to have a bit of a social life outside of work instead of just resting when you're not at home?

To be honest yes the benefits system is screwed up and to get ESA you have to jump through soo many hoops that it's one of the most stressful things I've gone through​ in recent times!

It sounds like you boss has no empathy and that knowing you have a chronic condition thinks that you're going to play on it to get time off or something to that effect. People seem to think that because you have a chronic condition you're going to play on it and make it sound worse than what it is so you don't have to do soo much or that you're saying you have it because you're lazy and don't want to do anything!

I'm not sure what else to suggest other than to speak to occupational health and your GP and to see what can be done to help you

Apr 20, 2017 10:50 AM

I work in education and I don't really understand how my boss is getting away with saying I'm not fit for work and that my role is an active and demanding role and she feels I can't do it .when clearly I am doing it everyday . I don't really understand it. My rep is asking for me to be assessed because if I am classed as disabled they won't be able to dismiss me.

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