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I was admitted to the hospital for
a few days and released with no
restrictions to go back to full
duty at work and my employer is
refusing to take my doctor’s note
basically saying that I am fired
for being in the hospital and that
they don’t believe that the note I
have is a good note I mean I
wouldn’t be making something like
this up I was sick enough to get
admitted to the hospital is there
anything I can do about this

Asked on August 20, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that an employer need not accept a doctor's note to cover an absence. Therefore, unless you used PTO (vacation and/or sick days) to cover your time out, you can be fired for missing work. In fact, in an "at will" employment relationship, a worker can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without noitce. Basically, an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Your only protection here would be if your dismissal violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that an employer need not accept a doctor's note to cover an absence. Therefore, unless you used PTO (vacation and/or sick days) to cover your time out, you can be fired for missing work. In fact, in an "at will" employment relationship, a worker can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without noitce. Basically, an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Your only protection here would be if your dismissal violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement.


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