can you be legally fired from a job because of medical reasons?

I have severe anxiety and cannot go places. I stay in my house most of the time except to go to work and the store. My job had a mandatory meeting 40 miles away and I did not go so I was fired. I am under a doctors care.

Asked By: maxxsg - 8/24/2007
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In order to receive accommodation for any illness, an employee must go to the HR/boss with letters from the doctor which attest to the illness and formally (in writing) request a certain accommodation. That brings the issue under the Americans with Disabilities Act... More
Answered By: CatLaw - 8/24/2007
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You can be legally fired for not meeting the requirements of your job. If you have medical reasons that prevent you from being able to do certain things that you should have discussed that matter with your Risk Management person or whomever handles medical issues in your company.
Answered By: smileyc117 - 8/24/2007
When you applied for the job, the application probably asked you to specify if you could provide transportation, etc. If you did not discuss difficulties with this meeting with HR prior to missing it, then they are probably within their rights.
Answered By: peoplehi5 - 8/24/2007
yes u can but it depends on Ur country law. i think each country hv got their separate laws
Answered By: bhoopi71 - 8/24/2007
My bet is that you made no effort to discuss your problem with your manager/supervisor or the HR department prior to skipping the meeting. Your medical issue is only now becoming an issue because you got terminated for not attending a mandatory meeting.
Answered By: SNCK - 8/24/2007
If your doctor certifies that you have a disabling condition, you are entitled to protection under the Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA. However, this protection is not carte blanche - you must still be able to meet the required performance standards of the job. For example, an airline does not have to hire... More
Answered By: Mel - 8/24/2007
If you have a problem, they can accommodate you to their ability but if part of the job requires something and you don't do it you should really find another job because in cases it is legal... More
Answered By: M - 8/24/2007
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