I currently work for a veterinary office and have been there for the past 3 years. I have dealt with back and neck pain off and on during that entire time, but in the past 4 months or so it has gotten worse causing me to take prescibed pain medications and seek the advice of a surgeon. Now my employer will not let me work and is refusing to let me back to work until I have the surgery done which isn't even scheduled yet. I am completely capable of performing all job functions with the only limitation being that I do not lift over 20 lbs.
Can they legally do this to me as I have been a full time employee this entire time?
Can I file for unemployment since they will not let me work? I have been without a paycheck for 3 weeks now and will not be able to afford the surgery without any money.