Something truly appalling has occurred.
Michelle O’Grady has taught in the School of Nursing as an LIV for almost nineteen years, most of those full time. This past Fall she was on medical leave. When she returned in January, there were many miscommunications by the School about her assignment for the winter, which caused confusion for everyone. Without consulting anybody, the School decided to put her back on medical leave and referred her to an office at the University called Work Connections, which handles transitions from medical leaves, in order to assess when she could return to work. That was January 14th.
Since then, it has been a Kafka-esque maze of conflicting and escalating demands. On at least four separate occasions Michelle’s physicians have confirmed she is ready to return to work. Each time Work Connections has demanded more testing. In the absence of any medical evidence that she is too ill to work, it has become Michelle’s obligation to prove she is in fact as healthy as her doctors say she is. This in itself is a serious abuse of power.