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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session – Denied Sick Leave

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.

Q:

Last year, I requested four hours sick leave to see my doctor. The leave was requested at least days in advance, and I explained that I was in pain at the time and was completely out of medication. But my leave was denied. Is my supervisor allowed to deny sick leave?

A:

You are entitled to sick leave to take care of a sick family member or if you are personally incapacitated. Management does have some discretion to deny sick leave for medical appointments based on a need for you in the office. However, it must be reasonable and allow you to use sick leave for your medical appointment if you can be spared.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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