He's got the shakes
February 15, 2013 6:17 AM Subscribe
Can an employer force you to use your insurance (and obviously pay the co-pay and everything) for a test they will probably use as fodder to fire you, especially if the medical condition could possibly be related to the chemicals you have to use for job.
posted by timesarrow to Work & Money (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My dad has been working for a manufacturing company for 37 years. Since the company changed hands it seems like management has been trying to find ways to fire the older employees. They have recently started going after my dad for a problem he has with his hands. He has hand tremors and has for as long as I can remember, he's seen a neurologist for it years ago, and the neurologist said there was nothing wrong.
They required him to go see their doctor to get himself medically qualified to work. He went and he got cleared to go back to work. While he was there he apparently signed a paper giving his company access to all of his medical records. Now they are trying to get his to set up an appointment with his primary care physician so that he can get a referral to a neurologist to have him tested again.
Is his company allowed to make him use his insurance (which he does not get through his company) to get a test that they will then probably use as fodder to fire him?
Also for what it’s worth the chemicals he uses on a daily basis list hand tremors among the possible side affects to contact on their MSDS sheets.
I’m not so much worried about him failing the physical but my dad has a real hard time keeping his temper and I think that this is less about his physical capabilities and more to do with them trying to push his buttons until he does something insubordinate enough to get himself fired.
He’s in PA if that matters, I’m just trying to see if there is something he can do or say that will kind of stop them from going down this road.