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  1. Joanna

    I agree. It may indeed be genuine concern – after all, the person was presumably ill enough to necessitate missing a whole day of work. It’s only courtesy to inquire.

    I used to work in a place where, every time you called out sick, the boss would demand to know WHY you were out – that’s the real no-no. None of us abused sick days or anything, so there was no reason for this behavior in the first place. But even if it weren’t illegal, it’s beyond rude to essentially ask someone, “So, what was it? Endless bouts of diarrhea? Projectile vomiting?” That’s not something I want to share.

  2. Mick

    I dont know about this. I feel it’s only fair to let your boss know what’s going on if you ring in sick. After all, they are (presumably) paying for your sick-leave and you should at least give an indication of what the trouble is – you dont need to go into great detail, but if you simply report that you’re “unwell”, I think it’s your manager’s right to ask for more detail. I dont live in the US, however – is it illegal to ask for specifics when a staff member rings in sick?

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