Strep throat and working

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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3084 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@orchidaloha:  You should stay at home. You have strep throat. What if someone is pregnant and no one knows about it yet. Your boss definitely should have told you stay home and you should have gotten a doctors note and just said that the doctor told you you had to stay home.

 

Feel better though

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

do you *actually* have strep? you should be on antibiotics for 24 hours before being at work.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@orchidaloha:  if you have a doctor’s note for a week for strep, it must be pretty severe. Regardless, your manager cannot tell you to work if you have a doctor’s note. It’s not your manager’s call and he/she is putting other employees at risk. You could push this into a legal issue.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@orchidaloha:  oops just saw your update. sounds pretty miserable! not okay on their end.

Post # 9
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11740 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

That’s insane.  Your boss is out of line.  A doctor’s note is a doctor’s note, and there isn’t an exception to them accepting it for when the company is business.  It sounds like there is a single point of failure (with you being the only person able to do this job) that needs to be remedied, because no one should work when they are sick.

If your doctor says not to work for a week, your boss has no right to override that.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 Your employer sounds like a real winner. In the U.S., the man that was terminated after having the stressed induced heart attack could sue your employer and the ex-emloyee would probably win.

Back to your original question, I would have stayed home. Strep is one of those things that you shouldn’t really mess with.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@orchidaloha:  That’s really terrible. And it’s pretty horrible that there are pregnant women in your company right now and your boss is making that decision. It’s good for them to be exposed to that, especially because they can’t take high dose antibiotics. My friend had strep when she was pregnant and it took her like a month to get rid of it.

I hope that your boss gets strep (lol – not really, but if anyone else gets sick it she be him/her)

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@orchidaloha:  Tell her no and your doctor said no. That is a highly contageous infection – you will have the whole office down and out with strep throat. That is an awful idea.

ETA: Was the person actually fired for going on disability? I am not sure, but they may want to check with the labour board. I would look for new employment in the new year because that sounds like an awful place to work. Can you do any work from home? How unfair of your boss to put the company bonus on your shoulders too.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

That’s awful.  Can you work from home? 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

My company gives us 2 sick days off every 6 months.. that’s IT. Anything else and we need a doctors note to even KEEP our job, and we still get pointed for it [4 points in a quarter and we’re out].

Needless to say, last year I had a horrible case of pneumonia, [it took me almost 3 months to fully recover from it]. It happened over a holiday weekend, and I wasn’t allowed to call in sick those days [automatic firing], so I had to make it through a 4 day weekend – after which it was so bad I got hospitalized for a few days. When I returned to work, I was so pale/tired/sick that I could hardly keep my head up.. and one of the ladies from the head office had the nerve to ask me why I didn’t stay home [btw she was one of the ones who WROTE the guidelines for calling for].. I was like.. We’re only allowed 2 days remember?

She just said, “Oh. Well good luck then”.

I think there really should be more sick days allowed.. this is the reason people get sick at work and it spreads like wildfires.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

That sucks!!! I had this/tonsillitis a lot a few years ago before I had them removed and I know how you’re feeling. You probably want to die. At least you have an office you can cocoon up in! 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

That’s terrible. You should at least have 1 day off. Like someone said before, you are supposed to stay home until you have 24 hours on antibiotics. Hope you feel better soon :/

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