Can my employer deny me the right to attend doctor’s appointments for a high risk pregnancy?

I am an employee of a large charter school organization in the state of Texas. I am currently in the middle 20 weeks of a high risk pregnancy. I have a condition known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which if not constantly monitored and medicated can result in the death of both myself and my unborn child. My employer recently advised me, via e-mail, that it is mandatory for me to be at work and that all doctors’ visits must be scheduled before school starts 7:30 am, after school ends 4:30 pm, on Saturdays, or on holidays. I’m guessing this is not legal, but do I have any recourse?

Asked on July 31, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, one's employer cannot legally restrict an employee who needs to see his or her treating physician for a serious medical condition such as the one that you are writing about. I suggest that you have your treating physician write a letter "to whom it may concern" on your behalf excusing you to see him or her whenever. Once received, provide a copy of this to your employer and your human resources department.


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