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I am hoping to find someone to help me. I'm not even sure what kind of help I'm looking for, but what has happened to me and what I'm going through doesn't seem right.

In December of 2008 doctors discovered I had a bad heart valve and would need surgery almost immediately. I went off work and was off until Jan of 2011 following a long list of health concerns relating to 3 surgeries and complications.

Upon my return I was greeted almost immediately to an overwhelming increase in workload, bullying, and harassment. I documented and kept emails and cried for help from my union and asked colleagues in Toronto what to do. The bullying and harassment increased to the point that it was overwhelming and I wasn't able to deal with it any longer. My doctor was concerned about my mental and physical health and put me on sick leave.

I've had some issues with my union since then- I filed a grievance and it was put in abeyance. I was told it was stay there until I returned to work. That didn't make sense to me. I wanted the situation fixed before I returned to work. My supervisor's boss got in touch with me and we went into ADR (alternative dispute resolution). After several meetings they made me an offer to return when my doctor said I was ok to return. I wasn't happy with the offer though. I didn't address the harassment and bullying at all. When I contacted my union again to ask where to go from here they said I had chose not to have them at ADR and therefore they wouldn't represent me. I am told that is false, and my mediator even sent them emails to that regard. They said they will not pursue the grievance while I am not working.

I applied for disability insurance through my work and I was declined the first time, saying the work related stress would not be covered since I am considered well enough to work, just not at my own position. My doctor appealed it and sent in paperwork to prove I was suffering from depression and anxiety before this happened and the situation at work just exacerbated it. I waited over a month to find out they are referring me to an outside psychiatrist for assessment. I haven't had an income in months and am on the verge of disaster.

I am a sole support mother of a teenage daughter and my mother has recently moved in with me. There is no other income here besides my mothers pension.

I recently sent a 5 page document detailing what happened to me at work to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. They are opening a file for me and sending out something to fill out and send back. The woman I spoke to wasn't sure if it sounded enough like it was a case of discrimination due to my health or if it sounded more like personal discrimination. In that case, there's nothing they can do.

I've been searching for someone to help me. There seems to be nothing anyone can or will do and its at the point that I'm grasping at anything. I am hoping this letter will find someone that might be able to either help me, have some advice, or know who could help me. I don't even know what help I'm asking for any more.

I just want my life back.

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I'm not 100% certain of descrimination laws in Canada (as compared to Australia) but it sounds very much to me like a straight up case of descrimination based on illness. Everything was fine until you had serious health issues. Once you returned you were harassed & bullied to the point of breaking. This forced you to take more sick leave which has made the situation worse.
I am surprised the union is unwilling to assist. It's kind of their job to get of their bums & support members with grievances. Have you asked them to submit, in writing, their reason for denying your request for assistance? Perhaps if they can submit something in writing you can take it further & have the union forced to step in?
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