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Can you be fired if you are put on permanent light duty?

Hi everyone, I'm an electrician in CT and 7 months ago I hit my elbow on a pad lock after drilling a lock and what happened is I hit my ulnar nerve. After therapy etc...I was put on light duty for 3 months and I went back to the Dr. and he said you lost 10% of your capacity due to heavy installation. So he put me on permanent light duty which states "no torquing or pulling of wires" and of course my job title is commercial installer. So for the past two days I had to follow another installer around and do light inspections, programming of panels etc..in which there is plenty of work I can do that does involve the activities I need to avoid as stated by my doctor. So now that I am on permanent light duty can my employer fire or lay me off??? Again I live in CT and I'm a licensed electrician. This injury does not make me completely useless in my field because of the extreme knowledge required for programming fire and security systems in which I am able to perform but of course the company will not make it's numbers because they have an installer with restrictions now. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Many thanks! P.S the company is Protection One "alarm company"

Asked By: Joe M - 9/26/2009
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The issue is, can you perform the 'essential functions' of the job you were hired for? If not, they can fire you because you are no longer qualified. If you can, the Americans with Disabilities Act requires your employer to make 'reasonable accommodations'. Both 'essential functions' and 'reasonable accommodations... More
Answered By: STEVEN F - 9/26/2009
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Hi, after reading your situation, there is a solution. Having access to the justice system is vital, especially in today's society. And if you do not know your rights, then you simply do not have any. Since this is a private matter feel free to contact me by email for more details: lightonthehill24@yahoo.com. Best of... More
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Answered By: Hill.ceo - 9/26/2009
 
if they want they can lay you off indefinately which is just about the same only you may be able to draw unemployment and thats whenever work is available you have to go
Answered By: fresh 1 - 9/26/2009
 
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