I was under a suspension from work and at this time had to be seen by a doctor for a neck and back problem that has been ongoing

Answered on Feb 13, 2014

Sadly, employers and workers compensation insurers often use discipline and terminations to avoid their responsibility to make workers compensation payments. This regrettably hurts the reputation of otherwise good employees, but it works for them. If you are suspended or terminated they can claim you are not losing paychecks for reasons other than your disability, i.e. your discipline. The prior posters mentioned the ADA which may apply, there is also a common law protection for those terminated for claiming workers compensation. You should talk to a workers comp attorney not only about how to deal with the disciple and efforts to get a settlement or wage loss but also with how to deal with these doctors because you are at a critical point in your claim. Good luck.