forced to use FMLA when I still have sick leave
I have over 400 hours of accrued sick leave and
am in the process of testing for an ongoing but
undiagnosed medical condition requiring periodic
absences. My employer claims that they are required
by law to place me on FMLA leave. They also state
that it protects me from disciplinary action for
possible sick leave abuse. I have not requested FMLA.
Can my employer force me to use FMLA to avoid disciplinary action?
Is my employer 'required by law' to place me on FMLA even against my wishes?
Can I just get my doctor to certify that I am sick to avoid 'discipline' and save FMLA time for the possibility of running out of accrued time in the future?
If I agree to FMLA now to cover sporadic absence, doesn't that ruin my chances of using the 12 weeks when my sick
leave has run out (if it ever does)?
Can an employer discipline and/or fire me for using
accrued sick leave if I get my doctor to verify that
I have an ongoing serious condition?