I know, I know. This is the opposite of what most people want.
I've had diabetes for years and it's very well controlled, but some days are rough days. Not usually, though. I have been with my current employer for almost a year and a half now, and one day last year I had to come in about an hour late due to battling high levels the night before and being wiped out. Last Friday, I asked to go home around 11 am because my levels were high and I needed to deal with it. So today I get paperwork telling me they are going to count that as FMLA leave.
The issue is that my husband and I are TTC and I don't want to count that as FMLA time because I want to use FMLA for maternity leave. I have ample sick and vacation time (my employer requires FMLA and paid leave run concurrently), and I want it to be treated just like any other illness, but they are requiring me to complete the forms. They aren't asking for medical verification or I would just refuse to provide it. I even tried the "use the absence when considering my performance" "I don't want protections under FMLA for this" path and it doesn't seem like I have a choice.
I have been trying to find something concrete. It does honestly feel like discrimination. If I had just said, "I don't feel well; I need to go home", they wouldn't be able to require me to do this, but because I said, "My blood sugar is really high and I need to go home and deal with it", I have to use FMLA? And if I do that I have to count every doctor's appointment as FMLA, but people with other issues don't? That doesn't seem to be what the law was designed to do.
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