I am going to provide you with some general info but you really need to speak with an attorney. First Alabama does not recognize a cause of action for wrongful termination. There may be some Federal recourse for you depending on the nature and extent of your disability; however, even that is doubtful. Second, DO NOT "appeal" a denial of short-term disability benefits without talking with a lawyer. Many times the "appeal" is a technical procedure required by the benefit plan and if you do not adhere to the process or provide new information or documentation, you may be precluded from or limited in your right to sue. If you do not have a copy of the disability plan (not just a plan summary) go ahead and request one in case benefits are denied and you end up consulting with a lawyer. Good luck.