I was sheduled to attend a hearing Aug. 02 due to chronic absences. But Aug 02, Iwas at the hospital undergoing test. I notified the union and faxed a letter from the doctor to them requesting rescheduling. I got a letter by fedex Sat. Aug 25 notifying me that I was terminated on Aug.16th due to non appearance. It is not standard to schedule a hearing while someone is out. I was questioned about my constant absences and got letters from doctors stating my condition had gotten worse. I went out on disability and got continued FMLA. I did all I was supposed to do and got fired anyway! I got intermittend FMLA but had to get continuence FMLA; which I got to cover my absence. Transit filed charges against me in July although I provided them with documents in May. I went on disability in June.I work for MTA and they base everything on time and attendance. We are encouraged by our union to get on FMLA if we have a chronic condition to protect our job. However, being out excessively is not unusal while awaiting approval. I had FMLA for this condition before and since then, the condition had gotten progressively worse. I am suspicious because I have been hit with so many disiplinary action notices while I have been out! All due to failure to submit doctors lines but I did submit them. I think I am being harrassed for being out on disability!