I live in Alabama and have been on short term disability (STD) for two+ months. I have, while waiting on the insurance provider to make a determination on my case (for further coverage), run out of FMLA. I received word yesterday that they will not extend my coverage beyond approx. 3 weeks ago. This leaves me kind of dangling-still unable to work and not even sure if I am still "employed" or have any right to further benefits. I DEFINITELY plan to appeal this decision. In the meantime, is it legal for my employer to terminate me? Do I have ANY legal protection during the appeal, & should I obtain a lawyer to help?