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Is calling in sick grounds for termination?

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2020 | Wrongful Termination

Workers in Florida have certain rights, including the right to take time off when sick and work in an environment that is free from harassment and mistreatment. In most cases, calling in sick is not grounds for termination, but one employee says this was the reason why her employer fired her. She worked at a toll plaza, and she claims she was fired via text message on the same day she was unable to work due to illness.

According to her account, the company that manages hiring and firing employees of toll plazas in the state said her termination was the result of attendance issues. She worked at the toll plaza for a year and a half, and during that time she says she had minimal days off because of sickness. She was shocked by the abrupt course of action, especially because any time off she’s had up to this point was justifiable and necessary.

The management company is declining to comment any further on her termination. However, it does maintain that the company is committed to the well-being of all its employees. Sickness is a particular concern in this line of work as employees have to handle money and come into relatively close contact with people driving through the plazas.

This Florida employee may find it beneficial to explore her legal options regarding a potential civil claim against her employer. Calling in sick is typically not grounds for termination, and she does not have to endure losing her job for no reason in silence. It is appropriate for workers who experience illegal treatment from their employers to speak out.