Jail Employee Offered Her Job Back

The mother of a cancer patient, who says she was fired for taking too much sick leave to care for her son, has been offered her job back.

Rashel Coatney says she was fired last week from her job as a corrections officer at the Fayette County Detention Center for taking at least 80 percent of her paid leave.

The jail has now offered her 90 days of unpaid leave and after that, she will be placed on six months probation.

Coatney says she is still deciding whether she wants to take that offer.


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  • by Tina Location: Henderson on Feb 4, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    Do not let them treat you like that. Get an attorney and sue if you have to, do it for justice. If they treated you like that then how many others have they treat the same way over the years.
  • by Mom Location: Danville on Aug 2, 2008 at 09:28 PM
    I hope this Mom tells them to shove the job! My children come first as she has done with her son. I wish them all the best and don't think she should be on probation at all for coming back, if she decides. In some jobs an a employee can get hurt on the job and be off work for a while then go back and be written up for being off hurt. It's awful that you can't even trust your employer. I wouldn't go back at all and I would get an attorney.
  • by Sharon Location: Ky on Aug 1, 2008 at 01:47 PM
    If i were her i would tell them to stick it up their a**! I would get a lawyer. They have only offered her job back because this story has got so much attention. If she does go back they will try to make it rough for her. I don't feel that they want her back for the right reasons.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Aug 1, 2008 at 01:35 PM
    Don't do it! File a lawsuit, demand that LFUCG places you in another position within city government outside of the jail, because you ARE going to be retaliated against when you go back (the probation is already proof of that) and that's another lawsuit once you are retaliated against. You have the right to FMLA, which is 12 work-weeks of unpaid leave with your job being preserved. But if you go back, take notes about every word that is said to you, every action that is different than before, and for goodness' sake, watch your back because it would be really easy for something to happen to you "accidentally" in that environment but it really be retaliatory for making the jail look bad. But whatever they do (even if they offer you Bishop's position), FILE A LAWSUIT and follow through, they have to be taught that they can't do this to people and there are laws that protect employees from this kind of BS.
  • by Kelly Location: KY on Aug 1, 2008 at 12:23 PM
    What about FMLA, it is supposed to protect your job for at least 12 weeks and then, if the illness is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it could possibly be even longer. Family Medical Leave covers almost everyone. Get an attorney, hopefully someone with a heart who will take the case pro bono as I am sure this mother can not afford legal fees on top of everything else.
  • by East Ky. Mom Location: Eastern Ky. on Aug 1, 2008 at 06:04 AM
    FAMILY COMES FIRST!! I would quit my job to take care of my children and yes I carry the health insurance!!! Whoever made the decision to fire her I guess has no children or heart. I would not take their offer and seek the advice of an attorney!!! Good luck and many prayers for you and your son!!!
  • by Kelly Location: KY on Jul 31, 2008 at 09:56 PM
    Umm, if you can't use your accrued paid leave time then what's it for? Oh wait. It's okay to use it as long as it doesn't interfere with the days that the person in charge wants to have off.
  • by Bender Location: Lexington on Jul 31, 2008 at 07:14 PM
    It's a double-dog, super secret probation. You know, the kind of probation that you use when you break the laws regarding labor practices and the whole community calls you out on the carpet for it and you still want to try to retain some sense of dignity and power. Yeah THAT kind of probation.
  • by clay on Jul 31, 2008 at 02:59 PM
    1 GET A LAWYER 2 LFUCG dust off the old checkbook, then FIRE the Honorable Mr. Bishop.
  • by C.O on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:19 PM
    Last I heard thats what accrued sick leave was for...
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