Hayden, ID asked in Employment Law for Washington

Q: Can I be fined or arrested by my employer for forgery of a medical document for medical leave?

They refused to do my foot surgery and I couldn't work and I needed to pay my bills and my father's hospital bills. They found out by the doctors office that they didn't sign the medical paperwork after they already approved my leave. An investigation is on and they're asking me if someone else signed the documents. Can I be charged or arrested?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: First, you can be disciplined and/or fired for submitting forged paperwork.

Second, if you received benefits that you were not entitled to based on the forgery, your employer could report the crime to the police. It would be up to the prosecutors to decide whether to prosecute you, not your employer. Most employers simply terminate the offending employee and move on.

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