rhicks14 wrote:Second of all, I have contacted my PA about this anonymously. He says the BoE is quite flexible about these things as other teachers sometimes get serious diseases at times. However he was more on the side that I should be getting this checked out regardless of if they fire me or not (I did get it checked). What he is not understanding is that getting fired = no insurance = no medicine.
Basically the point of this thread was to see if anyone here had ever heard of someone getting auto-canned for a severe diagnosis. I am sure that in over two decades of JET there has to be a case where someone got sick and was either allowed to continue working or was fired.
EhimeDave wrote:Yes, as a contracted employee, you will certainly be dismissed from employment if you come down with an illness that renders you unable to perform your duties.
Whether or not this will result in loss of medical benefits or deportation is something I have no idea about and I think the right people to contact for that question will be at the Immigration Bureau of Japan.
number one wrote:+1 to both of the posts above
Be careful about letting anyone know something's wrong with you until you really believe/find out you need help. I've been feeling bad lately with what I now know is something entirely different (it's a temporary condition) than what people thought, but because of my unfamiliarity with the symptoms and the way it affected my body everyone suddenly thinks I'm stressed out. I swear teachers that haven't even looked in my direction before are asking about my condition, and teachers who openly dislike me are suddenly buddy-buddy. Despite my insistence that everything is fine and unchanged genki performance in class, I've openly been told, "we don't believe you". I'm sure it's just in being consistent with the idea that many Japanese things/ways are hard for foreigners, but it's still unpleasant. Once they get the idea that something is wrong with you, you can be in trouble, and yeah, if you cannot perform your duties (or if your BoE/PAs think you can't) then you may not be recontacted.
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