Can my employer order me to perform a task in which my doctor states I cannot? 3 Answers as of March 28, 2016

I'm a teleworking federal employee with vasovagal syncope triggered by a myriad of different things. I literally have passed out and been concussed causing hospital stays. My doctor gave me a directive not to drive or commute and my office established telework as an option once they discovered my issue. New leadership has arisen and is requesting me to appear in the office at the job site. Prior to this request they scheduled two meetings at my home but never showed up. I was ordered to appear in the office on 1/29/16 and made every attempt to make the appoint but while en route I collapsed and was taken to the hospital where I fainted again after arriving. My employer scheduled another home meeting claiming it was just to check on me but later my employer revealed they wanted to discuss my performance objectives, my continued telework and work status. I instantly asked for my Union Rep to be present at this meeting and my employer canceled the scheduled meeting. Now again, the same employer has ordered me to work when he is aware of my syncopation, the doctor's directive of no driving or commuting and hospitalizations due to trying to meet their demands. I'm fearful of losing my job as well as losing my life attempting to adhere to their requests. Also, they have reduced my workload and when I ask why I get no response. Again I have been teleworking for at least a year without any incident or problems with work. What can I do? Disregard my doctor's directive and risk my life or obey my employer. Rock in a hard place.

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KEYL ADR Services, LLC | Mark D. Keyl
The employer sets the conditions of your employment. It sounds like you have been granted an accommodation under the Americans With Disabilities Act, which is a good thing. I would speak to your HR people and renew the request for the accommodation with the new boss.
Answer Applies to: Mississippi
Replied: 3/28/2016
S. Joseph Schramm | Joseph Schramm
You should continue to follow your doctor's advice. Your employer has your medical history and is aware of your work restrictions and has made accommodations that has enabled you to keep working from home. You should keep your union representative apprised of each attempt your new employer makes to order you to report to the office. The union representative can file a grievance to prevent or to correct any attempt of your new employer to force you to commute to the office.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 3/25/2016
Fox & Fox, S.C. | Richard F. Rice
Contact an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 3/23/2016
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