My work does not allow me to do sit down work when authorized by a doctor. Can I get unemployment.

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My work does not allow me to do sit down work when authorized by a doctor. Can I get unemployment.

I have worked there for 18 years. They used to let me do the sit down work.

Asked on December 8, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, if you quit--voluntarily leave work--you will not get unemployment. What you should do is contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to file a disability discrimination complaint. The law requires employers to make "reasonable accommodations" to employee medical issues--that is, changes in rules or policy which are not expensive or disruptive to allow the employee to work. Letting you sit is neither expensive nor disruptive--your employer appears to be violating the law. File a complaint; you may be entitled to compensation, or at least an order  requiring the employer to let you sit.


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