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Can my employer require me to see a mental health physician? If so, can they require me to go without giving me a reason or explanation or any details whatsoever? If I refuse to go, can they fire me?
Asked on June 5, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia
MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 12 years ago | Contributor
You are not telling the whole story. California is an at-will employment state. Unless you are under contract or bargaining agreement, you can be fired with or WITHOUT cause. The fact your employer cares about you speaks volumes.
What do you do? Are you showing violent tendencies? Erratic behavior? Have you had an employment review recently? Are you experience turmoil at home or in your personal life in general?
You should, however, be informed on the reason for such a requirement if it is not something you should have already expected in your employee handbook.
Contact and inquire with the California Dept of Industrial Relations. http://www.dir.ca.gov/
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