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You're not legally obligated to tell your employer why you were late for work. However, if you don't, they have a legal right to fire you. Employment is at will, and an employer has a right to terminate an employee at any time, even in right to work states like Texas. Not showing up or calling IS a valid reason for terminating someone, which means that if you have an excuse that would allow you to avoid being penalized, you have the burden of proving it. It comes down to whether keeping the information private is more important than your employer taking negative action against you. It could help to talk to someone in HR about their own confidentiality procedures before you proceed.
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