My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Texas
My wife has had some health issues that started back in March of 2008. She worked as much as she could until May14th, when she was put in the hospital for 3 days. Her doctor would not release her back to work for another week or 2 and did do the appropriate paperwork for FMLA that my wife's company provided to cover the hospital stay and the time following.
She went back to work, but then ended up in the hospital again for another 5 days in the beginning of June. Her doctor once again did the FMLA paperwork this time for the stay and a week after the stay and then filled in more FMLA paperwork stating she could work half day at the office and half day at home with the home being if the company would allow it, which they did not, for the following 2 weeks.
She went back to work again, working half days, but then ended up in the hospital again, hopefully for the last time, for 4 days. Her doctor once again did the paperwork to cover the hospital stay and was confident that she did not need additional full days off of work this time, but modified the FMLA paperwork for going back to work stating she could work between 16 and 40 hours of work depending on how she is doing.
She went back to work again and managed 2 or 3 full days of work. On this last Friday, they had a team building event of bowling and she asked if she could stay at the office and work because she probably could not bowl anyways and she had a lot of work to catch up on. She was told no, she had to go bowling. She went and was originally going to just watch, but was talked into bowling for someone who was running late due to attending a funeral. Well, unrelated to her health issues, she ended up slipping and getting a bad contusion just below her right knee. Fortunately, despite what it looked like, it was not broken, but she was put on crutches. We also got some bad news on Sunday, which was her grandfather, more like her dad though, was in ICU with a burst aneurysm and was too weak for surgery. Also, her grandmother is on hospice and is not doing well either.
She went to work today and mentioned that she might have to take some bereavement time soon. Her boss told her that she may not have a job tomorrow for not fulfilling her job responsibilities when prior to the health issues, she was the one on her team that always had her job done despite having more clients by a long shot than any of her coworkers.
On a side note, she has not received a paycheck for this payday and they are trying to say that she owes them money despite her working a full 2 to 3 days on the last pay cycle.