Doctor’s note

Can an employer refuse a doctor’s
note on a restrictions?

Asked on December 11, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

The fact is that an employer does not honor a doctor's note. A doctor has no legal authority over any business other than their own practice, so cannot require your employer to do anything. However, under the law, an employer is obligated to make "reasonable accommodations" for a disability. Such accommodations are changes in workplace rules or procedures, or the use of assistive technology, that is not too expensive/disruptive for the employer and that lets the employee do their job. In otherwords, its implementation must not present an "undue hardship" to an employer. Without more specifics of your situation it is hard to say more. At this point, you may want to consult directly with a local employment law attorney and/or contact the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) for further advice on the matter.

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

The fact is that an employer does not honor a doctor's note. A doctor has no legal authority over any business other than their own practice, so cannot require your employer to do anything. However, under the law, an employer is obligated to make "reasonable accommodations" for a disability. Such accommodations are changes in workplace rules or procedures, or the use of assistive technology, that is not too expensive/disruptive for the employer and that lets the employee do their job. In otherwords, its implementation must not present an "undue hardship" to an employer. Without more specifics of your situation it is hard to say more. At this point, you may want to consult directly with a local employment law attorney and/or contact the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) for further advice on the matter.


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