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Hi I am about to be finished from work because of my condition. They say I'm asleep at work, this is when I close my very gritty sore eyes and to try and relieve extreme ice pick headache. I am not asleep and work output is as good as anyone else's. So frustrated don't know where to turn. Do we have disabled person rights?

Love and blessings to all suffering.

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You do have rights, your employer has a duty of care toward you and must follow procedures set down in employment law, do not feel forced to resign let their procedure run its course xx

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Hi jualflowerpot

Firstly I agree with the other poster , you do have rights and the employer has a duty towards you.

Secondly I was wondering if you have seen a neurologist and/or ophthalmologist about your sore, gritty eyes. I had this together with a pick axe migraine and the pain is excruciating. I was prescribed lacrilube by a consultant eye specialist. The pain was due to dry eye syndrome which is a serious but very treatable condition must be monitored in order to prevent corneal abrasions.

owever I amm not advising you to apply lacrilube cream as mine was prescribed following a thorough assessment by a consultant ophthalmologist who carried out a thorough examination under the slit lamp. Take care and try not to worry as you have the right to be ill.

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Thankyou for your replies I feel a little easier about my disciplinary hearing on Monday. Wish me luck. Blessing to all. X

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Try to think positive thoughts.

I take it that you have something in writing off your employer. If so make several copies in case needed later. You can go to a solicitor I believe. I am unsure if they charge or if some will do it free of charge.

Been there, done it, worn the T Shirts.

Good luck.

We are all thinking of you and sending lots of gentles hugs and best wishes.

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Have somebody with you hun as fibro fog can prevent you from absorbing what is being said, make your employer aware you are bringing a support with you.

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Make sure you get some advice before your disciplinary call acas they will advise you of what to say / not to say - please DO NOT attend meeting without someone else there - either a close friend or union adviser

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Been through it myself - disciplinary then reasonable adjustments meetings. Have someone with you - cancel meeting if your chosen person is not available. Make sure the meeting is Minuted and you have a copy of the Minutes. Read them carefully and anything you do not agree is a true representation of that meeting challenge and put in writing.

There are rules and procedures which must be followed. Check ACAS website.

Mine although traumatic was ok. I was very upset that so called friends (colleagues) could be so negative and petty and back stabbing but I got over it. The reasonable adjustments which followed again whilst I was quite negative and upset about it and didn't think I needed to be subjected to it as I had never had a day off due to fibro in the 7 years I had been with the company, it was the best thing that happened I asked to reduce my hours and got it agreed. This would never have been agreed before because I asked and didn't get. I got a parking space much closer to where I work and my uniform which was completely wrong for me as I need clothes that undo down the front with big buttons or zips was redesigned - again something I had asked to be done for years but it was just ignored. So all in all not so bad.

Chin up go in there head held high :)

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Definitely, we do have rights! If it were me, I would call Healthunlocked on Monday before your meeting- they are lovely people who will point you in the right direction. Don't give into those who are pushing you into feeling you have to give up your job. Also, do not go into the meeting alone- take a friend who can make notes etc; my HR lady comes into any meetings with me. As regards to your eyes- there are creams/gels etc to help; I have one. Sounds like you need some tlc- sending a virtual head massage 💆

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I too have dry eyes and it is a painful problem but can be helped massively by using eye drops for dry eyes. You can buy them in any chemist and you’ll feel a difference in a day if you use them often through out the day. Even home bargains etc sell them .it would be something less to worry about tomorrow and you can always see your doctor about them later.ive to use them at least once a day or it comes back. Good luck tomorrow and remember to stand up for yourself and ask for everything in writing x

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Have you received the following 1 Verbal warning 2 Written warning 3 Final written warning 4 Letter telling you tat you need to attend interview regarding your work and your rights on having a representative with you during that meeting ? If not they are in breach of your rights under Employment law. Go and see the CAB or if you can afford it a Lawyer who specialises in Employment law. Contact your employers asap to tell them you need more time to get your response together.

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I had to go down this road 18 months ago Jualflowerpot I had full support from my Union rep and a lady at the Welfare Rights office, IF retiring on ill health is your end result then come back there are numerous people and forums on here to advise on how to start retirement and how to cope financially.

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I have for the past 6 months got a lot worse, having trouble concentrating at work so yes I am now getting things wrong I never did before, I am so tiered all the time, Arthritis is spreading , my colleges take the mickey a lot so make me feel worthless there is one that points out everything! and wrights it down plus slags me off, but she is regarded as golden girl.

I have worked for this Charity for 12 years now, they took me on knowing I have Fibro, now they don't need me as I will not be able to move with the times , I am 55 in October but so ready to retire now.

Any advice, gentle hugs.

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I had to leave work on medical grounds .i am now gettin esa .have to go for an interview soon .oh the joys of been ill x

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Bless you. Good luck in your interview and stay positive. Gentle hugs.

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Please read the employment legislation act 1996 google it get in a union do not attend any interviews they do alone.have a witness with you

The process is verbal warning

Second verbal warning

Written warning

You have the right to appeal to any warnings

Get the company hand book

They have to follow procedures that is in it

What is the grievance procedure put one in for bullying

Hope this helps

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Yes you have rights as a disabled worker. I’m in the US and back in the mid 90’s I don’t think 🤔in Wyoming (which was a right to fire state, because the lady at the labor board said her boss can fire her just because he didn’t like the color of her shirt!) disabled workers really had any rights back then. Wyoming was what “they” call a right to work state but I called it a right to fire state! Your right was to go to work and be productive but if health interfered with that then they had the right to fire you with no warnings. When my ex and I were married he was put sick 3 days then when he want to work on Thursday morning his unprofessional supervisor called into his office and told him you’re fired clean out you desk and go home. He wasn’t there but 5minutes. Anyway things have changed where that isn’t allowed now. Employers can’t fire and employee because of a disability. That was my situation with one of my employers wanted me to take 6wks off and at the end of that 6wks to have a doctor’s note saying I was cured of the fibromyalgia and CFS. The doctor just laughed and said fibromyalgia and CFS are chronic conditions there is no cure. So that was the start of the disability process. I’m sure the UK has similar laws in effect to protect disabled workers. I’m sure someone from the UK has been in your shoes and can give you directions as to where to go now. Hugs 🤗💕🦋

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