Can your job require you to have proof from the courts of mandated meetings with your psychologist because they happen during work hours?

UPDATED: Aug 20, 2012

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Can your job require you to have proof from the courts of mandated meetings with your psychologist because they happen during work hours?

My boss tells me I cannot have time off for the meetings unless I bring her papers from the court regarding the reason why. I feel this is very private to me and I do not want her to know. I provided her with a letter from the doctor that kept this private and she said it was too vague (even accused me of writing it myself). What are my other options? Is the proof legally necessary?

Asked on August 20, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Oregon


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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states you are only required to give a general reason for the requested time off to see a health care specialist. Most employers have an employer employee hand book setting forth personal time off that is allowed in a year for an employee without the need for detail.

I suggest that what your employer is demanding is improper and that you may wish to discuss such with him or her. If things become difficult for you as a result, you may need to consult with a labor attorney about your matter or a representative with your local department of labor.

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