After taking 12 weeks FMLA, I was let go. Working in HR for the past 7 years I know some of my rights, but then again doubt others, so can someone please help me? Here's the situation:
Took FMLA for 4 weeks and received the employer response ppwrk approving the leave. Extended my leave by another 8 weeks and was never sent the employer response ppwrk designating FMLA. I am the leave of absence/FMLA person in HR, so my guess is that they did not know what they were doing and forgot to send me the ppwrk. After the 12th week, my dr. provided documentation to extend my leave another 12 weeks. Knowing the firm's history with approving discreationary leaves to all sorts of employees, I thought forsure my extension for discreationary leave would be approved, but it wasn't. They stated that the HR dept was suffering without me and that they decided to change up my position and give it a new title: HRIS/Benefits Specialist. Knowing that I am not an HRIS person, I would no longer qualify for the position, let alone that they do not want me back. Are they discriminating by offering discreationary leaves to other's and not me? Keep in mind, that my perfomance was excellent and I received 2 promotions in 2 years.
Also, do I qualify for unemployment following my recovery of disability if I am able to work and can't find work?