Do I have to give documentation regarding my absence due to a family emergency?

A few days ago, I had to leave my shift halfway though due to my grandmother having to go to the hospital. My manger gave me the OK to leave. Now my general manager wants a doctor’s note stating that my grandmother was there at the time. However, she does not feel comfortable doing that and I

can’t personally get one since it was not me in the hospital.

Asked on July 16, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you do have to give documentation regarding your absence due to a family emergency, if so requested. That is unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement or in some way constitutes a form of legally actionable discrimination (which it does not appear to). Further, failure to produce a note could result in your suspension or even termination, if employer so chooses.


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