What are the rights of workers under the ADAA when an employer demands documentation after documentation in terms of your ailment?

I have been with the company for the past 9 years. I have been a valued employee for most of that time which is reflected in my evaluations. For about the past year and a half I have been battling MH problems that arose through deaths in the family. I have had all of my time missed from work excused by a doctor but am getting harassed each time I miss due to my disability. I am doing my best to work through my disability and remain employed. At this time, I feel I am providing them with the proper documentation of ailment but am being harassed. Do I have any legal rights here?

Asked on March 5, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

An employer is entitled to seek verification or confirmation that absences are due to an illness, including a mental health condition; the employer is not required to assume that every absence is automatically due to some condition you have (since people who have an ailment or condition do take time off for other reasons, too). As long as they honor your absence each time when you provide evidence of the reason for your absence, they do not seem to be doing anything legally wrong or actionable.


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