Where I worked at I had 20 days of paid sick leave and left my job, will I still get paid for those days?

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Where I worked at I had 20 days of paid sick leave and left my job, will I still get paid for those days?

About 3 weeks ago I had what felt like a heart attack on the job and was off for a couple of days because I was released from the ER was told I had to have a stress test and a follow up with a doctor. I went to a doctor and they wanted to do a heart cath to see what was going on. I had a procedure next day and afterwards was released to back to work a week later. I worked that day but the next day I was given option to resign or be fired.

Asked on August 28, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Oklahoma


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

1 No employer needs to pay out sick days when employment terminates unless there was a written employment or union or collective bargaining contract requiring them to do so otherwise, without a contract, your sick days are lost on termination of employment unless the employer voluntarily chooses to pay you for them.
2 If you were fired due to a medical condition, it is possible that this consituted illegal disability-based employment discrimination. You should contact the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC or your state equal/civil rights agency and discuss your situation with them, to see if you have a valid legal claim.

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