Can I be in trouble for going on vacation while on medical leave?

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Can I be in trouble for going on vacation while on medical leave?

I had a doctor’s excuse for medical leave and while off my daughter in another state invited me out to their house.Could I be in any sort of trouble for going?

Asked on May 19, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You could certainly be fired for this. Your actions could be construed as you having lied to your employer--that is, representing that you were on or needed medical leave while actually going on vacation. Unless the grounds for the medical leave were truthfully ones that would preclude working but allow you to still travel freely, out of state--and most grounds for medical leave would not meet that criteria--your employer would seem to be within its rights to not only terminate your employment, but to even fire you for cause, which could result in you not being eligible for unemployment compensation. If you have any employment contract, that may protect you--any terms in the contract relating to grounds or procedure for termination must be followed.


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