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Old 09-15-2011, 10:13 PM   #1
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I've only been at my job for 5 months. Can I take a medical leave without losing it?

I started work at a new employer May 17, 2011. Since then, I had a tubal ligation and attempted D&C for heavy menstrual bleeding. I took one day off for this surgery, so not a problem for my employer. During the D&C, my surgeon noticed some abnormalities with my uterus. She barely touched my uterus with her instrument and said her instrument went right through like a knife in room temperature butter. That is not right.

I bled for about a week after the surgery. I have not had a period since then. No spotting, no anything. I am, however, extremely crampy and feeling a lot of pressure in my pelvic area. The same surgeon has run some tests and has suggested a hysterectomy. I have a consultation appointment with her in 2 weeks.

Now, the doctor has assured me that this is not cancer-related or otherwise life threatening. It is no emergency. My question is, if I take several weeks off for the surgery, can my job fire me or lay me off? After a mass layoff, a long period of unemployment, and 2 miserable temp jobs, I am finally in a company that I enjoy working for, and would be sad to lose that.

I know I do not qualify for FMLA, as I have not been there for 12 months. Is there ANY kind of protection for me - or is this just left up to the discretion of my employer?

Thanks for any advice. Oh yeah, I live in California. Might make a difference in the answer, I suppose.

 
Old 09-16-2011, 04:54 AM   #2
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Re: I've only been at my job for 5 months. Can I take a medical leave without losing

I would try to stick it out if you can. How is your insurance ? I wish I knew more I know others will respond just keep checking from time to time.

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Old 09-16-2011, 08:12 AM   #3
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Re: I've only been at my job for 5 months. Can I take a medical leave without losing

If you do not qualify for FMLA your employer does not have to save your job.

I would try to stick it out until you are covered.

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