For two years in California I worked for an acute psychiatric unit as an intake nurse of high acuity clients on legal holds. My immediate supervisor constantly berated and called staff horrible names and made me feel as though I was below inadequate. My supervisor’s treatment of me finally resulted in a total mental breakdown causing me literally days in bed suffering from severe anxiety and depression. I was unable to communicate with anyone for any reason. I called to establish emergency medical leave. The company sent me via certified mail medical leave papers to be signed by an MD. The address was wrong so I never received the paperwork. I was ultimately terminated for abandonment. Do I have a legal "leg" to stand on as far as claiming worker's compensation?
I now have no medical insurance or income and stand to lose everything I have if I cannot get this workers’ comp.
Thank you Christine for responding. I have learned since my termination that the supervisor I spoke of has been terminated. Also several months before this all came to a head I faxed six pages of formal complaint forms to cooperate that basically outlined the verbal abuse.
Now the company in CA has denied my unemployment benefits I learned a few days ago that a nurse who resigned a few weeks before my medical leave was given unemployment and received severance pay. The company initially denied her claim as well.