• work required documentation

    Asked by SouthernMom on Friday, March 8, 2013

    work required documentation

    It has been requested of me to provide documentation of my illness, including date of diagnosis, synopsis of illness, and projected end of treatment for work. I am confused about their right to request my medical information. I have not claimed FMLA and have not taken any extended time off, just doctor's appointments here and there. Any advice?

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    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I had to provide information, but I had to take FMLA twice -- once for hernia surgery (where they found the cancer) and once for a hysterectomy. I can understand why they did in my instance, since I first took 10 days and then I took 6 weeks, but I'm not sure I understand if you are not taken an extended leave of some kind. Have you asked your HR dept why they require the info? Maybe it's some sort of state guideline?

      over 3 years ago
    • Sileigh's Avatar

      I live in California and so the answers might be different where you live. I work for a large company and was responsible for handling the FMLA documentation for my staff. The company cannot ask for specific information (especially at this stage where it is just doctors appointments). I don;t know how strict your company is with sick time but you can get a doctors note that says you have a serious medical condition that requires you to go to doctors appointments. That is all you have to provide and it protects you from any disciplinary actions. The note does not have to specify what the condition is, how much treatment, how long it will last. You are not required to share any of that information with your employer.

      over 3 years ago
    • Sileigh's Avatar

      Also, I hope everything works out for the best on the easiest path possible.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      The below answers are correct. Do you have an employee handbook? If this issue is not in the handbook as a rule or requirment you do not have to comply. And I would be suspicious of any company putting this requirment in a handbook as in most states it would not be allowed. Was this request verbal or in writing? Check with your States employment office and see if you can get any information on your rights in your state.
      And on the other hand I would always caution anyone to speak of their cancer at their place of employment because if you have taked about your cancer to numerous people, in public, I think that can impact your right to privacy in this setting. Even check with the ACS office or other support groups as they might have attorneys who offer free advise.
      Be careful and the best of luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      CAS1 is so right about keeping your cancer private if possible. I work in PR (the hobby job--the farm is the bread and butter) and would lose almost every client I have if they knew of my diagnosis. No one wants cancer boy presenting their products, even if he doesn't show any symptoms.

      While it may be illegal and unethical to fire someone for an illness, there are so many ways around the issue and we have to protect ourselves.

      over 3 years ago

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