Can your employer contact your doctor’s office without your permission and ask for a printout of all of your office visits?

Asked on June 26, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The employer may legally *ask* for it, just as any person could *ask* your lawyer to disclose what you and he discussed; however, the doctor's office should not provide it (and does not have to provide it) without your authorization (just like a lawyer could not discuss what you and he talked about without your permission). Note that if there is some issue about, say, injuries or absences, and you do not have an employment contract protecting you, your employer could ask you to get this from the doctor or authorize them to get it from the doctor, and very likely terminate you if you do not.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.