First, let's verify if you qualify for FMLA.
have you worked for your employer for at least 12 mos. (do not have to be consecutive),
had you worked at least 1250 hrs. for your employer in the 12 mos. immediately preceding the leave,
do you work at a location with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius,
do you have a serious health condition as defined by the FMLA statute - do you mind my asking what your chronic health condition is?
I not sure what you meant by you didn't have a FMLA open yet. Why did they discipline you (for taking time off?) - how did they discipline you? Did you not meet the requirements for FMLA?
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