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Date: 15.01.2011
From: Curtis,

Subject: Being unfairly treated at work

Hi all I was diagnosed with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis about 6 months ago and am now on numerous kinds of medication including mehtotrexate injections and butrans pain patches which are to a degree helping me with my pian, anyway to cut a long story short I work for a very large mail company in the uk and they have been terrible with me, they make my life hell, I have to go for fortnightly blood tests for my liver because of the meds I'm on an they make me work the time back which they don't do to other staff member for some reason, they ask me to perform task which I simply can't do because they cause me to much pain, they will not put me on a set job so I don't know what hours I am on from week to week, and a certian manager always has witty comments to make about my illness as if she is trying to insinuate I am lying and my condition is not as bad as it really is, I have gone to the union and They are a waste of time as they are in the managements pocket, i feel like they are trying to push me out of my job as I can't perform the delivery duties I was 1st employed for, I have lots of friends at work an have been there for 6 years and don't want to leave, does anybody have any advice? Thanx alot for any help at all
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Date: 15.01.2011
From: KayJay

Subject: Re: Being unfairly treated at work

Hmmm Curtis tough one. Maybe a disability discrimination organisation might be able to advise ? Or a Solicitor ? sometimes they do the 1st consultation free ....... hope you get it sorted
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Date: 15.01.2011
From: Dalton

Subject: Re: Being unfairly treated at work

Hi Curtis, I have the same condition as you and I also have regular blood tests. I also work in the legal profession. However, I do know that the company does have to allow you to take the time off for the medical appointments but they dont have to pay you for the time off and can ask you to work the time off you've had. They have to consider the disability discrimination act and be very careful about how they are treating you. You will find a lot of information on the DWP website - google it on the internet and you'll see the rights and duties of employers in relation to chronic illnesses/diseases like ours. They have to carry out a work assessment and provide adequate working conditions and tools i.e. a good chair or modified keyboard for example. Also you can contact ACAS for help - google ACAS and you will get the phone number - they give free independent advice. Hope this helps.
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Date: 15.01.2011
From: Curtis

Subject: Re: Being unfairly treated at work

You've both been really helpfully thanks for the contact details, hopefully I can make them see they are in the wrong
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Date: 15.01.2011
From: Paula

Subject: Re: Being unfairly treated at work

If you ring the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society's helpline 0800 298 7650 they may be able to help.

Paula
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