Was on Avonex for 7 years, since being diagnosed in 2006. I had no adverse reactions or side affects- except for the time it took me to inject that long needle, LOL
A few months ago I switched to Rebif. For the first time in 7 years, my MRI had additional lesions on my brain and now on my C-spine. Ironically, I feel the same. I do have issues with my balance and gait- maybe due to the now inactive lesions. Otherwise, I feel fine.
Luckily,I have no side effects with the Rebif either. My needles- 3 times a week- are smaller, now with an auto injector.
I believe I was a subject of attempted discrimination. I was diagnosed with MS in 2006. I have been with my employer- a well known retailer- for 12 years. I disclosed my MS in 2007, to upper management (I was a manager at the time) and my fellow managers..
I have never been absent from work due to my MS. I now have a gait issue and tendonitis of the ankle and I now use a cane.. I was approached by my manager-who I used to consider a friend- and asked if I wanted to reduce my hours because they were concerned about my health. I initially considered a 4 day work week with at least 30hrs per week. Then I was told upper management may have to put me in the system as part time. I have always been full time.
I told my manager that I agreed. On my way home from work, I called my manger back and told him not to go forward-I wanted to discuss it with my husband and think about it. I called the department of labor and was told as a long time employee, I would still be eligible for medical benefits but I would not be eligible for sick time, FMLA or vacation time. They also said my hours could also be reduced at will by my employer. Suffice to say, I told my manager I changed my mind.
Surprisingly, I received an email saying "per our discussion, my 4 day work week will begin in a couple of weeks" I replied to the email "fine as long as you are aware that I will be remaining a full time employee at ______ company". In retrospect, I feel I was being discriminated against, manipulated and coerced into giving up my hours and benefit status. I think its because my cane makes my impediment visible.
Productivity is based on 5 criteria. I was # 2 in total volume and # 1 or 2 in the others. There are a total of 7 associates in the store. Therfore, I don't see the reason for reducing my hours.
I then told the manager that I wanted to remain at my 5day/ 40hour per week status. It has since been changed back. All of a sudden the upper management who have never once asked how I am, are telling me I can work as much as I like. I think they may have realized that they have made themselves vulnerable.
I'm wondering if I should take this to the EEOC. What do you guys think.
I forgot to say a couple of things in my reply above. I had never felt before that my superiors would deal with me in a way that I view as unfair.
I do not discuss my MS on the job. I disclosed it initially because I had good relationships with my upper management team.
I said that they might have felt vulnerable because they realize that I know they were attempting to get me to give up my benefits.Also no one else in my store was asked to reduce their hours even though they are statistically less productive than myself.
I realize that I may not rise to the level of an EEOC investigation, but I think it is something when the VP of the East Coast tells me personally that I am valuable to the company and he hopes that I did not take anything the wrong way.View Thread