can my employer write me up if I have a drs note?

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can my employer write me up if I have a drs note?

The school called saod my 4 yr old was
sick with fever and vomiting. The next
day I took him to the dr and got a
note to give my employer. Can they
write me up even if I have the drs
note??

Asked on January 12, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that an employer need to honor a doctor's note. A business is not required to give a worker time off unless they used PTO (or sick days, vacation time, etc.) or they were eligible for leave under the FMLA. Absent those exceptions, if an employee missed work due to medical reasons, they could rightfully be fired or otherwise disciplined. Accordingly, absent a union agreement/employment contract to the contrary or some form of actionable discrimination, a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit. This includes when and why to write-up an employee.


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