I’m requesting to see if I have a case for unfair treatment.
Background: I work for ExxonMobil, and I’m employed through the UK affiliate of Esso Exploration. I’m British, and have an American wife. I work overseas for Exxon in Nigeria. My wife is pregnant, and our Occupational Helath clinic has advised that she have the baby outside of Nigeria due to a high risk pregnancy. Coincident to this my wife’s mother fell ill with terminal cancer, so we elected to send my wife to the USA to be with her as we couldn’t risk her mother passing away if my wife was unable to travel. The occupational health clinic here supported this for the well-being of my wife.
However, my wife is able to go to EVERY country in the world to have her baby, except for her own. Exxon an American company, through a cost-cutting effort has changed its health coverage plan so now, nobody who is employed outside of the US can go to the USA to get treatment. This is fine if you are not a US National, however, my wife is a US national and we are being financially penalized by my wife following her right to have birth in the USA. We wouldn’t even consider sending my wife to the USA had she not been an American, however, the company is taking the stance it’s your choice, you’re on your own. I don’t feel that this is right. I believe they should support an American citizen going back to her home country despite policies that are written for couples who are similar nationality.
The company, through it’s EXPAT Centre affiliate have also now gone back to the doctor in question, and asked him to change his decision, i.e. that my wife should go to the USA for the purpose of well being. I don’t believe this is right either. I thought dr’s were supposed to be free to diagnose in whatever manner they see fit, and without influence from the company. In summary, the below has happened:
a) Wife, whom is a US citizen, was approved medical referral status out of Nigeria for the birth of our 2nd child
b) We will be financially penalized if my wife follows her national origin and has our 2nd child in the USA. A country where her mother was born, and our babies elder sibling.
c) The McCarthy family must therefore, bear ALL costs associated with the birth of their child being born in the USA, as the only option is the UK, or a proximity nation.
d) Even though, my wife has NO STATUS in the UK, and she has NEVER lived there, she must go to that location to have our second baby.
e) Even though the UK option is 50% more expensive than the USA option
f) The EXPAT CENTER has also gone back to a medical group and asked them to change their MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS TO CONFORM TO POLICY, THEREBY INFLUENCINGTHE EMOTIONAL WELLNESS COMPONENT OF THE DR/PATIENT RELATIONSHIP. I’m amazed at this, is this even legal?
g) The EXPAT centre is still to update us on the changes to the medical referral advisement, and also advise what changed in Shannon’s well-being that meant the destination location could be changed from the USA.
Do you think we have a case against the company?...