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I had three injections all of which worked for a few days to two weeks then stopped. The excruciating pain returned and only Vicoden 5 mg 3-4 times a day controlled the pain. Vicoden at that dose is the lowest dose prescribed. it worked perfectly for several years and doctors refused to prescribed opioids for fear of losing their license. My sister recently died of throat cancer and she complained constantly of pain. She died with unrelieved pain. As a cancer patient she was prescribed Morphine 2 mg. every 6 hours. That is beyond ridiculous but keeps our doctor’s license safe. Our doctors are violating their Hippocratic oath – Do No Harm. They had added a caveat “except when the government is breathing down your neck. Then the patient be damned. I am glad this helped you Randy. I don’t know your clinical status but I am sure it differs from mine. Do you have severe and crippling arthritis?
Hi Mark! Yes, this is legal. There is no law that the company must provide STD benefits to anyone. If the company does choose to provide them, they set the rules governing them. It is completely legal for an employer to treat low-performing workers differently than high-performing workers.
There is also no protection under ADA for this situation. As you probably know, an employee with a disability may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under ADA. However, the employee is always held to the same performance standard as other workers. So the company must legally hold you to the same standard as they would if you did not have a disability. HTH, and thanks for reading the blogs!! Caitlin