I have been put on sedentary duty from a major fall at work. It has messed up my ankle, foot to the extent that I will not walk the same, and the doctor says they can't fix it. I can walk, but if I do very long, it stiffens and aches to where I can hardly walk. It throbs at night. But for a short period, I can walk fair, but it turns into a limp quickly, This job has high injury rate because of fast, hard physical work.
I was instructed to not climb up, or use stairs and that is where the restrooms are, and I must climb up to do my work. I must drive to restroom away from work or go to the restroom outside. Outside as in the woods. I find that humiliating. At times, the medication I was given, definitely impaired my driving. When they first insisted that I must get up and clean , I told them that I would definitely need the medication to handle the work they suggest I do, and will need transportation back and forth. I am told that will never happen.
The medication made me so sleepy. I wanted to lay down with my foot propped up to stop the throbbing. The second week I was there, they had me washing the walls in the office. The doctor's restrictions were sit and stand at will, no bending, stooping leaning etc. So I crawled around the office scrubbing the walls. OOOOOOOOOou! It made my foot hurt,
The manager at work says I am not earning my wage, and he figures up on a calculator what I am drawing sitting in the office, answering the phone and what little computer work they will allow. He instructs me to sweep and clean up around the outside. I tell him that my foot and ankle aches so I cannot do it. He tells me that he is the manager and he decides what sedentary means. And it doesn't mean sitting in the office since he doesn't need my help there. He talked about how much money I was costing the company not being productive. On and on and on........
He has other management standing around me, watching as he does this. I tell him his rules are silly and that I find it so outrageous that I have to go outside to the bathroom so he can say I am not on at home on WC.
Sedentary he explains, means, standing but getting to sit to take a break.
I stay with "my foot hurts," and I am worried about the health of my foot rather than his need to make me get up and work on my feet. He said if I were in that bad of shape, the doctor would not have allowed me to come to work at all. This seems to go on a lot longer than it needed to.
Reasoning with him is not happening, so I call HR. They side with him. HR made the dumbest comment of all. He said if manager wants me to cut grass from a rolling chair,using scissors, then that is what has to be done Management makes the call on sedentary, he said. The managers walk out and I see the phone line lighting up as the phone is being used in another room.
I get out of the office and call on cell phone to Dr's office to get help. The nurse answers and says if my boss can't understand the definition of sedentary, then to call back and she will give him the meaning. By that time, the managers went to lunch.
I call business agent, and tells me to play their silly game for a while and he turns it in to Workers Comp office. I fill out the papers and send them in explaining a lot more that was said, on paper. They call me the next day to determine who and how the complaint would be answered.
The business manager said there would be an investigation. Now to see if this company owns WC also. They own the insurance company and seems they control the doctor puppets on a string. I have never seen anything like it.
I have seen many other employees afraid to stand up to them. They let these managers run over them like a steam roller. So many had sedentary instructions, but thought that they had to do what they were told, no matter what. This company excells in brainwashing their control over you.
Later, both managers came to me and told me not to be mad and not to take it personal because it was just business.
Now I sit and wait for the bomb to explode knowing that the other mangement people will totally go against what was actually said.
It was hard to hold my ground, I wanted to cry, but I knew they would feel victory if I started up the tears.
I dread next week so bad that I have kept a headache.
But if I just let them run over me, I will look back and wish I had stood up for myself, even if it turns out bad. I have felt that feeling before and I have never liked it.