View Full Version : Dad needs some help

02-27-2007, 01:06 AM
I need a little help. Actually my Dad needs some help. Today (2/26) he got a letter from work stating he is going to be terminated from his employment for excessive sick leave. He works for the US Post Office and has done so for 39 years. This past November he used some of his sick leave to attend my sisters wedding in Florida. He had put in for vacation and it was denied. His manager suggested he use some of his sick time(he has well over 400 days built up), so that is what he did. He was gone for 5 days. In the last two years he has used a fair amount of sick time due to health reasons. The first time was just over two years ago when he had a seizure. He only missed a week or so at that time. The second time was when he broke his leg AT work. He has a prosthetic leg, it came loose and he fell. His fall caused multiple breaks and a compound fracture on his amputated led. His work took no responsibility and afforded him no benefits of being hurt on the job since he hadn't punched in. He was out of work just over a month. Anyone that knows my Dad, knows he is a hard worker. After breaking his leg and laying in a hospital bed he said " they can pull a stool up and I can still work". For many years he has worked over time. An hour or two a day and almost every Saturday. In the past month he requested to be taken off the overtime schedule since he is getting older and was planning on retiring this year.

In 39 years of service he has never been written up and has no blemishes on his record. He was not written up for his "abuse" of sick days this past November. Today is the first time he has had any kind of reprimand and it was for termination. If he is terminated he will lose any pension he has earned the past 39 years and that is why he needs some help. If anybody out there knows an Attorney, a source to get the word out, or anybody else that could possibly help please let me know. Thanks for any help.

Sean Henning

02-27-2007, 10:08 AM
Dosen't he belong to the Union?

02-27-2007, 10:10 AM
Sounds like he could use a good attorney, sorry to hear that.

02-27-2007, 10:29 AM
Dosen't he belong to the Union?
Yes he does belong to the Union but I am just trying to get a jump on things. He is trying to meet with his Union rep tomorrow. My Dad is also deaf and tends to just go with the flow of things, so I am just trying to help him as much as I can.

02-27-2007, 10:41 AM
Good luck with this.

02-27-2007, 12:21 PM
Good luck, but the Union and attorney are the base ways to go. Being a former Fed Employee myself, the Govenment does mostly what they want to. You need help to stand up against them. The"system" won't listen to you, you almost always need someone else do the speaking for you.

03-01-2007, 12:50 AM
Thanks everyone.This is just killing my Dad. My parents are trying to go through the Union rep. They should find something out in the next couple days. If that doesn't work, then it's time to get a lawyer.

03-01-2007, 04:33 PM
I've observed my previous employer (govt.) 'lay off' people who were about to reach the age/years of service to receive full retirement. Sounds like a way to weasel out of paying to me. I hope everything works out.