EEOC Sues Employer Over Doctor?s Note

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Employers that provide paid sick leave benefits often require doctors’ notes confirming the employee’s need to be out of work. Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against a Pennsylvania employer it alleges made prohibited medical inquiries as a condition of granting excused leave under its medical leave policy.
In its complaint, the EEOC alleges that the employer required employees to reveal the specific nature of their medical condition in order for the absences to be deemed excused, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The EEOC also claims that the employer coerced, threatened and harassed employees who resisted disclosing this medical information. The agency is seeking injunctive relief, compensatory and punitive damages.