So I’ve lived with Migraines all my life, as a kid I would randomly throw up at home or stay in my room and cry because I didn’t know my head was not normally supposed to hurt like it did with Migraines. And I had a really tough time in the schools I went to, with both attendance and performance being hindered by Migraines produced by stress. Throughout life up to this point I’ve realized that a lot of people just don’t understand how debilitating a migraine can be, I’ve had teachers call conferences and scold me for faking pains and not just dealing with the symptoms I get, Despite many neurologist visits, MRI scans, and doctors notes it seems that there’s no real way to feel like my condition is validated and understood which weighs heavily on my mental well being.
The reason I bring this up is because currently I’m in a position of great stress and adversity, I live alone and have started college and found a position at a local grocery store as a graveyard shift stocker, a job that also brings a lot of stress into my life due to it’s physical needs and constant work that needs to be done. During my 2nd week I called into a shift with 3 hours in advance with a migraine and got reprimanded the next day by my manager, who told me that “He gets headaches” too. I explained that medically I’ve had a long history of debilitating migraines and there’s not a lot I can control in that aspect, I have a prescription for when they happen but not a lot in prevention of their cause. And then just the other night, well after the first incident, I called in again because I was having a particularly troublesome migraine and immediately got laid off by the store supervisor.
Is there anything I can do to legally protect myself from termination because of this, a medical condition? I feel so trapped in this cycle and don’t know what to do.