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Terminated for abandoning employment
Nov 20, 2000

Firstly I would like to say that I have learnt alot from this site - thank you. I have a friend that was diagnosed with an AIDS-related complex and had a few days off. Fearing he would lose his job,he disclosed his condition to his supervisor. Everyone found out at work and he was continually subject to harrassment. The company doctor examined him and confirmed the diagnosis. The following 3 months he took paid sick leave, of which he still had 8 weeks accumulated leave. His own doctor sent a medical certificate giving him a further 4 weeks. He returned to work for 2 weeks but was hospitalised several times in the next 2 months during which he used up all his sick leave. 2 weeks after his sickness benefits had expired he received a letter from his employer terminating his contract, stating that by his own actions he had abandoned his employment. Has my friend really abandoned his employment?

Response from Ms. Franzoi

I suggest that your friend contact a legal aid organization to review the facts and see what his options are.

Lynn L. Franzoi



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