A conversation between an employee and a boss who refused to call in sick without a doctor’s note has gone viral on social media and enraged users. A screenshot of the exchange was shared on Reddit by user ‘trustmebrotrust’. It shows how the employee was asked to submit a medical certificate for an “excused absence” by the supervisor. “I hate to do this, but I woke up in a cold sweat,” the employee wrote to her boss, adding that they had “the fever creeping up and every part of the body hurts”. “I don’t think I’ll be able to make it today,” they said.
In addition, the boss asked for a medical certificate in order to grant the sick leave. “Please get a doctor’s note for an excused absence,” the boss wrote.
The employee then replied, “I haven’t been to the doctor in 3 years. I don’t have money to go to the doctor for just a fever and yesterday I was making the equivalent of $8 an hour, are doctor visits covered by (the company)” .
At this the boss seemed agitated. “No, but you have to be at work unless you can provide a doctor’s note. If it’s just a fever, you should be okay to come in and work. Correct? How much money you take home depends on how you work,” the supervisor wrote.
“Ok bud have fun sitting in the break room all day playing on your phone. I’m out,” the employee said and ended the conversation.
This Reddit post was shared a few days ago and has since accumulated more than 6,000 upvotes. Several netizens took to the comments section to share their thoughts.
“This must be a bottom line job. Retail or food industry I think. I remember dealing with this crap. Had strep throat. It hurt to breathe. It felt like razor blades in my throat. Yeah, I could probably still came in. and did my job like crap. I’m not doing it for 7.50/hr,” one user shared.
“A doctor’s note for a day? Oh hell no. Plus, even if you go to urgent care, they just tell you you have a virus and to go home and rest. So all the time you spend getting to the doctor, is time you could have spent doing what you actually need to do to get better,” said another.
“This was bold even before we just had a global pandemic. It’s unacceptable now,” commented a third user. “If you have a fever, you are almost certainly contagious and you must stay at home until at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, when you have not been medicated. Those were the instructions I expressly gave to my staff when I was human resources manager. Companies that make people work sick should be taxed to pay for the public health systems we need to address the problems they cause,” added another.
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