When employees take sick days, how much information can the company get to make sure the time off is being used the right way?
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, not much.
The EEOC recently sued retail chain Dillard’s over the company’s sick leave policy.
Under the policy, employees had to hand in a doctor’s note stating the specific nature of an illness in order to take authorized sick leave.
An employee complained that the policy invaded her privacy and was fired after she took sick days without turning in the note. She filed a claim with the EEOC, which is now suing the company.
The agency claims that asking for specific medical information before approving absences violates employees’ rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The case is still pending. We’ll keep you posted on how it turns out.
Cite: EEOC v. Dillard’s