I was new-ish state employee still on probation and trying to keep a decent job with the State (CA) that was 35 miles away from my home that I could not leave. After about 5 months of this - I couldn't take anymore, and my back which I have issues with began to preclude me from making the commute. I took some time off and went on SDI. Each month I would bring in an extension from doc / they would state take as much time off as you need. Yeah right - in August of 2008 aka 8 months later. I receive a special delivery which states that I am fired for things I did before I left. Nothing nefarious nor concealed, or recently uncovered. Total BS they pulled out of their hat. After a DFEH investigation I was issued a right to sue letter dated 031710. What should I do now? What recourse do I have?
Employment / Labor Attorney
You should speak with an attorney who has experience with these issues. The California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) maintains a database of such lawyers on its web site, www.cela.org. You can go to the web site and search for an attorney in your area. You also can call your local bar association for a referral.
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