What can I do if my employer will not allow me any more doctor’s excuses for my absences?

I’ve missed work due to being ill and had doctor’s excuses. My employer told me that I have already

used my excuses for the year. I don’t know how that’s possible but we have a point system and I don’t want to get fired

Asked on April 27, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have avaialable PTO (i.e. sick days or vacation time) to cover your absences or are eligible for FMLA time off or an accomodation under the ADA (Ameicans with Disablities Act), then your employer can deny you time off. The fact is that a doctor's excuse is not legally binding on an employer. Your only other protection here is if your treatment violates the terms of a union agreement, employment contract and/or constitutes some form of legally actionable discrimination (which you did not indicate to be the case).


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