- 2 years ago
- Wedding: August 2015
So I’ve been ill the past few days with a sore throat and fever. I get them semi-often because of inflamed tonsils so I didn’t think much of it. However this time it got pretty bad. This morning I found out on the way to work my voice was lost completely. I hadn’t spoken at all in the morning until I got onto the bus so I didn’t know my voice was lost until then.
I called in sick to work on Thursday and told them it would be likely I could come in on Friday. They said that was fine. I also got someone to cover my shift that Thursday and in the eyes of my employer it doesn’t really count as me calling in sick if someone is willing to work for me.
Fast forward to today, as I am on the way to work I suffered an asthma attack. I’ve lived with asthma for many many years so I managed to calm myself down, take my inhaler, and wait it out. At this point I knew I couldn’t work, as my job requires lots of running around, ladders, etc. I was on public transit and only about five minutes from work at the time.
I went in to work, and explained as best as I could to my manager that I was unwell and didn’t feel comfortable working. At first she asked me to speak up but all I could muster was a whisper because I lost my voice. She told me that I must find someone to cover the shift or I have to work.
I called about seven people, the only ones who weren’t working. None of them could take the shift. I let my manager know and told her I would provide a sick note for today and that I would like to go home. She flipped out at me. She told me if I found no one that I HAD to work and I told her if I work I will probably suffer another attack. I also told her my puffer was running out of doses and she said it didnt matter.
At this point, from the anxiety and stress, I started hyperventilating and felt another attack coming on. A coworker who had just finished their shift sat with me to make sure I was okay. Then the manager came back and demanded I go on the salesfloor. The coworker said I was in no shape to even walk at this point.
After the attack subsided the coworker asked on my behalf to take me home so I could wait for FI and then go to the walk in clinic and get medication. After deliberating for half an hour the manager finally said yes. So I went home.
After coming from the doctor, he said I have severe chronic bronchitis and that I am not permitted to work for five days minimum. I was also given a couple of antibiotics and new puffers.
I feel like I’m going to get in trouble from work now. The manager said she can’t force me to stay if I’m not clocked in and that the consequences of me not covering my shift will occur the next time I go in. The store’s policy is that if you can’t find anyone to cover your shift due to illness, you have to provide a doctor’s note for the next shift you come in. Which I have now and will give in the next time I go to work.
This manager said I would probably be fired for this because I didn’t call her in advance. I had woken up later today because I wanted rest from my illness and I didn’t have the asthma attack until right before I went into work. She expected me to call at 8am when I woke up at 10. Also if I had called I have no voice and I wouldn’t be able to speak.
I guess what I’m trying to ask is what would you have done? Would you have worked? Would you have left even if the manager told you you may lose your job? Health first or work first? I’m just looking for some advice.