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I am currently seeing a doctor and have a off work order for

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I am currently seeing a doctor and have a off work order for three days in Ca. Do I have to disclose what my medical conditions is with my boss if he asks?
Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. My goal is to answer your question completely and thoroughly and to provide excellent service.

An employer is legally permitted to request verification (e.g. a doctor's note) of any medical condition resulting in absence from work, regardless of whether the medical condition is work-related or not. However, employers may not demand that such verification describe the particular diagnosis or condition of the employee, as the courts have construed such demands as violations of the ADA. EEOC v. Dillard's Inc. (S.D. Calif. 2012)

Put another way, an employer can require a doctor's note, but generally cannot require the doctor or employee to disclose the particulars of the medical condition.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

If they demand the information can I sue my company for harassment?


Thanks for your reply. An individual in this circumstance would not typically be able to sue for harassment because such claims are typically only permitted when the harassment relates to race, national origin, gender, disability, age (40 or older) or religion. Furthermore, unless the harassment is extremely severe and results in significant emotional distress, any damages would likely be nominal and not worth pursuing.

If your employer were to demote you or fire you for failure to divulge your underlying medical information, an individual in your circumstance could sue for wrongful termination/demotion and collect damages in the form of lost pay.

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