demand for health info to continue employment

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demand for health info to continue employment

Per Walmart, current employer, I am required to provide medical documents to 1, be allowed to use handicapped parking, 2, be allowed to use my cane, and 3, release confidential medical info to be allowed to use a stool and a shopping cart as part of my job. I am dealing with muscular dystrophy cane leg braces give me some mobility. I have had a blue, permanent disability, handicapped parking for 30 years now. I have been verbally threatened with termination if I do not provide confidential medical information. There is no way to secure the medical information from Walmart management. It can be accessed and discussed in public as management sees fit. Would appreciate some guidance in this matter. Thank you.

Asked on June 24, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

They cannot get your actual medical records, but they are allowed to require phsyician or health-care provider confirmation that 1) you have a certain condition, 2) which requires certain accommodation, and 3) what those accommodations are and exactly why they are necessary. (They don't have to take your word for these things.) Provide them this; if they won't grant the accommodations or want more information, contact your state department of labor and/or equal/civil rights agency for assistance.

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