Benefits and Job help please.
JellyBaby88 Member Posts: 12 Connected
edited November 2019 in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
I signed up to this forum after a google search, read a post about ESA, and thought I'd ask for help here.
I have been employed for 8 years, was diagnosed a year ago with RA. My issues originaly started in my knees but is now everywhere in my body, my hands, wrists and fingers are particularly affected.
Had been off sick between September 2018 to January 2019 and I returned to work on reduced hours. I was struggling to manage my job, I am a commis chef, and I spoke with my line manager about my issues. We had a meeting with HR and I ended up walking out of the meeting in tears and I told my boss that I would be going back on sick leave as they would not help me.
My employer have been useless, the only reasonable adjustment they would make was to reduced hours. I have contacted ACAS and DLS, both have told me conflicting advice and I can not for love or money get the right help.
I have currently been off sick since 3rd May 2019, I had full pay for 6 months and half pay for 6 months, I have about 2 months of half pay left and my SSP runs out at the end of November. I have been getting a small top up from UC and I recently put in a claim for ESA, I also get PIP.
I do not know whether to just hand in my notice. Like the post I read before I signed up, my employer is quite a large company, they refered me to OH and OH said I needed to be redeployed in a sedentry role as I could not continue in my current role. OH also gave what adjustments could be made in their reports but my boss didn't read them. I have had a meeting with the bigger boss and HR and when I said about the equality act and that they should do everything they can to help me stay employed, he just replied Not neccessarily. I also said that if they could not assist me in reasonable adjustments to stay in my current role, that I should automatically be put into a role that is suitable without having to go through an interview. I was told they don't do that, I would have to be interviewed like everyone else and at that moment they didn't have vacancies but they did and have had since this meeting. I feel like I'm just hitting a brick wall with my employer. I haven;t had any contact with them since the end of may, although I do send in my sick notes and I have emailed the boss to let him know my hospital appointments keep changing.
I have all letters and copies of emails I have sent during this time. I'm sorry for the long post but hoping someone can point me in the right direction.