CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEE HIDES MEDICAL HISTORY, ENDS UP GETTING FIRED
Medical histories are something that many employees consider to be private, and they do not always want to share them with their employers. However, when they are putting in a claim for benefits due to an injury that has caused a disability, it is important for them to make sure that this does not get in the way. After all, if the employer does not get all of the necessary information from the employee, they may not be able to determine if they deserve the benefits or not. It can keep them from getting benefits or just drag the process out and make the whole thing take longer than it should.
First and foremost, employers in California need to know if injured employees technically qualify as disabled individuals under California law. On top of that, they need to know the full extend of all of the limitations that those employees face.
One example that has been cited as a withholding of information is the case of a woman with an allergy to peanuts. She was supposed to go to some training sessions at her job, but she said that the allergy made it impossible for her to go. She showed forms that indicated that she was allergic, but she refused to provide the doctor’s name and contact details.
The human resources department wanted this information, and they continued to ask for it, but she would not give it to them. Unable to read her actual medical records to find out what they needed to do, they fired her.
Employees who have been denied for their claims really need to keep this story in mind. From it, they can see that the easiest way to make sure everything works out is to provide all possible information to make the process fast and easy.
Source: Business Management Daily, “Demand the medical info you need to set up ADA accommodations” No author given, Jun. 18, 2014