Here is my current tale of woe with my place of employment. It has been going on for the last couple of weeks.
Because I'm so sensitive to floursecent lights because of my migraines, I've been wearing a dark blue (logo free) baseball hat only at my desk to shield my eyes from the lights above me. When our office became business casual, I asked my supervisor about wearing the hat because of my problem. The dress code said baseball hats weren't allowed. He said it was all right, so I've been wearing the hat for the last year and a half.
Now my supervisor has brought it to my attention that I'm violating the dress code. Hats are only allowed on casual days, which are on Fridays. He said he was speaking to human resources about the situation, because he knew about my problem with the lights. I asked him if a doctor's note would solve the problem. He said to get the note, which I got from my new primary care doctor. (She's my rebound doc, not sure if I'm going to stick with her, but she o.k. for now.)
When I gave him the note, he had me call Human Resources to see who I should fax it to. The HR lady said I had to open an ADA claim and I had to speak to our ADA intake nurse. I called the nurse. I explained to her how we had already tried to fix the problem by removing some of the bulbs above me and switching to these pinkish bulbs, but it still wasn't enough. She opened the claim and I had to fax her a signed release form so she could speak directly to my doctor. The note wasn't sufficient. It had to be from my doctor addressed to her. She suggested maybe I should try a dressy hat with a wide brim or a dressy visor instead of the baseball hat, and once she had all the information, she would make a recommendation to Human Resources.
Over the weekend, I found a dressy visor at Kohls, which I brought to work on Monday, and I've been wearing it. Luckily it was on sale for $12.00, and I actually like it because it's a lot more comfortable.
Then I heard back from the ADA Nurse that my new doctor's office wanted 72.00 to send my information to her and my company wouldn't pay the fee. I had to pay it. Since I don't have a spare 72.00 dollars right now, the ADA nurse can't move forward.
Now I'm waiting to hear back from the HR lady who is on vacation until next week to see if she can approve the visor without me opening this ADA claim thing.
As you can imagine, all of this has been really getting on my nerves. First off, why was it o.k. for me to wear the hat for so long and now it's not. The only thing I can figure out is that a couple of other co-workers were wearing baseball hats on business casual days. I'm thinking their supervisor must have told them that they were violating the dress code and they pointed to me saying "Well, she's wearing one!"
Sometimes, I really hate being a cubicle rat trapped in corporate hell!