Consult with an attorney in your area that handles wrongful termination matters but should do so right away. If you have a right of appeal from the EEOC decision, you likely have a short time to file. You may also have a workers compensation claim and should consider consulting with a workers comp specialist.
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To prove discrimination, you will will have to somehow prove that you were able to do the job despite your perceived disability. Since the Doctor (according to your narrative) precluded your return, I do not know what you were expecting aside from separation. I recommend that you consult with a NY Attorney, but your facts do not sound promising based upon what you state.
We offer general concepts, but you should give ALL your facts to a licensed Attorney in your state before you RELY upon any legal advice.
There’s a ball of legal issues to untangle, (some of which may be facing timeliness issues) and you should obtain a consultation ASAP with an experienced employment lawyer to determine which laws provide the most favorable remedies given your situation.
As for the job reference issue, an experienced employment attorney will assist you in negotiating an appropriate reference from your long-time employer, and if said employer refuses to negotiate, there are steps that can be taken to help you safeguard your reputation, with your attorney’s advice and counsel.
Denise K. Bonnaig