Ormond Beach, FL asked in Employment Law for Florida

Q: Is it legal to require an employee that is out on disability to attend mandatory training.

When I told them I had to see what the doctor said they told me if I did not attend that basically I could not return back to work for them

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Like many people in Florida, you are under the misunderstanding that your doctor's opinion about your alleged health problems somehow controls everything your employer wants to do. It does not.

Being out on short-term disability may be appropriate in your situation; but it does not automatically give you (or anyone else) an iron-clad excuse to blow off some silly mandatory training--which I am guessing is required of all employees who want to keep their good jobs.

So the only relevant question you should consider is: Do you want to keep the job or not?

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