Ok, thank you for the extra information.
In Pennsylvania, as well as in most other states, employees of private companies of 50 people or more, or employees of any public agency, are entitled to protection under the Family Medical Leave Act
, which guarantees employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid time of to deal with medical emergencies/situations. Although the FMLA
doesn't guarantee paid time off, it does protect an employee from being punished for taking time off to care for themselves or for a close family member. Violations of the FMLA should first be reported to the United States Department of Labor
, which can be reached HERE
Unfortunately, if your company has less than 50 employees, they are not subject to the act and, as an at-will
employee, you can be disciplined for medical absences as the company sees fit. This is a huge loophole in protections for sick or injured workers in this country (including in Pennsylvania), but it has not yet been addressed by Congress.
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