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If I call in not feeling well and say I need the day off,

can my employer tell me...
If I call in not feeling well and say I need the day off, can my employer tell me no?
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JA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?
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Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. My name is ***** ***** I will do everything I can to answer your question.

The real question, I think, is whether you can be disciplined or fired for calling in sick. The answer to that question depends on a few things. If your employer has 50 employees or more, you have been working there for at least 1 year, and your illness qualifies as a "serious health condition" (defined as a condition requiring in patient hospital care or repeated doctors visits, and generally excludes colds and flues) you are likely eligible for FMLA protected job leave, which means that your employer would be prohibited from taking any adverse employment action against you because you missed work. But if the FMLA does not apply, the only remaining legal protection is that afforded through the Americans With Disabilities Act, which would require your employer to "reasonably accommodate" any absence caused by a medical disability.

If the FMLA does not apply and your condition is not a disability, calling in sick because you are not feeling well is not legally protected, which means that your employer can say "no," or more accurately, that they can discipline or even terminate your employment if you don't show up to work.

I hope that you find this information helpful. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.

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