Although Clare Goldsberry's Oct. 16, Page 28 article, ``Midwest Plastic wins medical leave dispute,'' is for the most part accurate, I would like to point out two inaccuracies [regarding the termination of Lori Van Dosen]: First, ``She obtained a doctor's written excuse for her absenteeism for as many as 10 days.'' Van Dosen obtained a doctor's slip, which provided her with a work reprieve for two days. Furthermore, the doctor's slip was never delivered to Midwest and the company did not even know of the existence of the slip until after the Department of Labor filed suit against Midwest on behalf of Van Dosen.
Second, ``On the eighth day, however, Midwest left a message on Van Dosen's answering machine that she had been terminated.'' Once again, because Midwest had never been provided with a doctor's slip by Van Dosen, it was impossible for ``Midwest to fire Van Dosen on the eighth day of her 10-day work reprieve.''
The U.S. District Court of Western Michigan ruled in favor of Midwest and against Van Dosen because she failed to request an FMLA leave or mention an FMLA qualifying reason for her leave, communicate the status of her condition, and provide a return-to-work date, among other things. The court determined that Midwest had no knowledge of the doctor's slip.
The owners of Midwest are concerned that other members of their industry will view their victory as being based upon a ``technicality'' when a review of the court's opinion will confirm that Midwest won on the merits.
David A. Malson Jr.
Tolley VandenBosch & Walton P.C.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Quotations supply vital information
Regarding Clare Goldsberry's Nov. 27, Page 14 column: While I do not support the concept of charging for quotations, it is critical for all parties involved to understand that quoting does represent an expense.
Our procedure is to ask custom molders whether they have secured the business, and also obtain background information such as how many quotations are being solicited, whether off-shore suppliers are being considered, whether the original equipment manufacturers would be involved. Answers to such questions can be an indication of whether a company wishes to buy ``on price'' or ``on value.''
We also consider the date provided with a request for quotation. Our proposal will ideally be compared to all others along uniform standards. If the date provided is not adequate, we often ask prospective customers to complete a mold quotation specification sheet, which supplies information necessary for us to provide a quotation.
Occasionally, we decline to quote when we cannot adequately qualify the prospect of a successful collaboration. However, we are more inclined to submit a proposal for more speculative projects when we are approached in an open manner.
Gary L. Deaton
Minco Tool & Mold Inc.