Medical Examinations and Employee’s Right to Privacy

November 8th, 2011 by

Though employers are legally responsible to maintain a healthy and safe workplace, that responsibility must be weighed against an individual’s right to privacy regarding his or her medical conditions.  As such, if an employer has a legitimate purpose tied to the employer- employee relationship, it may be justified in requesting medical information regarding an employee.  That being said, the extent of the information to be divulged should be limited to the extent to which the employee can perform his or her job function, and not necessarily the nature of the illness or injury.

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