I am a union worker in the board of education of New York. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks yet this has never effected my work performance in 15.5 years. I am scheduled to participate in a physical/mental/medical evaluation. If by any ridiculous chance I am seen as "unfit for duty" can I be terminated by my boss/the principal? I am vested with the BERS pension system...will this effect my pension? Does the department of education have to accommodate me by finding me a suitable workplace to transfer to?
I suggest you consult privately with an attorney.
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You should definitely speak to an attorney on this ASAP. This is a fact sensitive analysis, but if you have performed your job effectively for 15.5 years, I would have a hard time swallowing you being terminated under the guise of your being unfit.
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It would seem unlikely that you can justifiably be terminated for a condition you have always had after being on the job for 15 plus years.
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