Burlington, NC asked in Employment Law for North Carolina

Q: I took my son to the doctor yesterday. He has Mono and his spleen is enlarged and the doctor is worried it will rupture

so she wrote him out of work for 1 week and said he should not lift over 5 pounds and needs to get lots of rest and to come back in a week to get his spleen checked. He called his work and let them know what was going on and I turned in his doctor note to them. He received a call a few hours later saying he would be written up for missing work as his employer does not accept doctors notes and since it is for a week that it is considered as multiple occurrences. We are in North Carolina and he is a minor. Is there anything illegal with this policy or is it just unethical?

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Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel
  • Concord, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Probably lawful. Employers in North Carolina are not required to allow employees off for medical/health issues unless the employer is covered by FMLA (has at least 50 employees) and the employee is eligible (employed for at least 12 months and worked 1250 hours).

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