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Employee being fired

My doctor told my boss in a letter that I cannot be around any animal feces or urine because of my breathing problem. And at that time, I was taking care of a women with 20 cats, so I was taken off of that and put on 2 more clients. However, those 2 new clients had animals as well. So I called my boss and told her that I couldn’t take care of the 2 new clients due to my breathing problem. I was told that cannot refuse to see a client so I have to see them. Well I called my doctor and told her. And then I still seen them and then a short time after that I was in the ER room and not able to hardly breath. 2 neutralizer treatments and observed and I was released from the ER room. Well I called and told them that I was in the ER room and that I can not see the 2 new clients, you guys were told by my doctor that I can not be around any animal feces, so I cannot take care of them . And I was put on a 90 days to find out if the last client that I had qas going to work out and I went to their home and I was told by the husband that he did not feel comfortable with me in his home with a mask and gloves on. So I was fired. My boss was not at the company she was due to go into labor at any time so she just stayed home and they couldn’t fire her, her family owns the company so she did not have to worry about her job.

Asked on February 22, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You may be fired if your medical condition does not let you do your job, whether because you cannot safely do it or because the precautions you take cause customers/clients to not work with you. The law does not require employers to keep employees who cannot do their jobs. If clients refuse to work with you and/or you can't safely be in their apartments, you may be terminated.


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