So yesterday at 4:30PM, just as I was preparing to begin mandated remote work on Monday due to COVID-19, I was summoned to a meeting ostensibly about my request to begin the ADA reasonable accommodation process where I was instead told to resign or be fired because my employment “wasn’t working out.” Mind you, there had been not one word about my performance until this meeting and I had asked about ADA accommodations on Monday, called HR to ask again on Wednesday, was directed to a different HR person on Thursday who said he would meet with me on Friday, then who suddenly changed the meeting time from 3:00PM to 4:30PM. Then, well, my life and my career ended.
This is a state government entity who did this! I spent several thousand dollars to relocate for this job, deepening my severe financial problems, but knowing it would work out because this was such a great opportunity. My employer knew about my financial situation. So this is how we treat people now? Fire them on the eve of recession? Making sure they are impoverished and uninsured in an unfamiliar town with no support system during a public health emergency!? I am still just reeling that this actually happened.
My sister, who is an attorney in another state, has advised me to retain counsel immediately, as it seems pretty clear that I was fired so that my employer did not have to bother with even attempting to reasonably accommodate my disability. How would you all handle this? Thanks!