It’s only Tuesday and already it’s been a long, scary, painful week. I’ve been trying for the last two days to figure out why FMLA paperwork filled out by my doctor was denied by my employer, while fighting a severe flare up and being forced to work with AS. This is the third set of paperwork, the other two were 1) lost by my employer/processor nexus, 2) filled out incorrectly by the employer/processor nexxus. If I hadn’t insisted on finding out on set number three, I wouldn’t know what happened and the decision would have stood — which would have cost me a twenty cent raise I worked six months for, could affect my bonuses, and would have eliminated any chance for raise or promotion for six months, and was used to threaten my job and by extension my health insurance. Guess who screwed up?
It turns out my HR department sent that set of paperwork to an inactive email address at the third party clowns they use for FMLA processing. The HR director has admitted fault and apologized profusely to me in writing. But that person sent it back to the third party bozos again instead of just approving it. So more waiting, more anxiety, more pain and suffering, more delays. More chance for coincidental accidents to happen or excuses to be cooked up for why we have to resubmit a fourth set of paperwork, or time and opportunity to manufacture some reason for denying it even though the doc has signed off and the medical-issue documentation goes back for a decade and a half. It’s getting harder and harder to accept these endless delays and needless errors are not done intentionally, or accidentally on purpose, to discourage low ranking, poorly paid employees from using their lawful benefits.