Re: Autistic Adult Punished by Medical Giant
I am sorry to hear of the situation but I have to ask you, as his mother, did you not see signs he was being overwhelmed. You even state in your post that he spoke of things at work that are indicative of him being overwhelmed. Why did you not take action to involve yourself more directly in his job?
anyway, to the situation; surely his reaction to the name question was not intended to be injurious to a patient but the fact is, it very well could have been and a hospital cannot put themselves in such a situation. The liability is huge. I believe you are misunderstanding what the hospital was saying with:
I do not believe they intended to infer your son intended on harming that patient but rather his action was intentional and his action put a patient in jeopardy. Therefor, he intentionally put a patient in jeopardy, as opposed to carelessly or accidentally.
The hospital claims that he intentionally put the patient in jeopardy.
Not sure what you are looking for but the hospital does not make the ultimate determination of being eligible for ui compensation or not. The state does so your argument is with them, not the hospital. If the state believes he was not terminated for just cause, then they make the decision for eligibility. Apparently they believe the hospital was within their rights to terminate for the reason they did and that DQ'd your son. I'm sorry but when it comes to money, your sons difficulties should not become the hospitals problem, or worse, their liability. You, on the other hand, simply want the hospital to pay the UI even though they believe they shouldn't simply because your son has autism. If you want to talk about not being fair, that surely isn't fair to the hospital.
Hopefully you can help your son regain employment, even possibly in the hospital in an area such as you suggest but be warned, there are very few positions in a hospital that would not allow a situation such as what happened to happen again.
Even should he only be using the elevators to go from one floor when he comes in up to another to work, he still runs the risk of being exposed to patients again and being asked to leave the elevator. That obviously, if he is being overstressed, is simply more than he should be exposed to.
the one place I would suggest you contact is these folks: http://www.ada.gov/
I am not well versed on disabilities in the work place but I do know that in many situations, accommodations are required for the disabled. They could tell you if the hospital overstepped their boundaries or not and assist you in reaching a solution to your situation.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.