Can you get fired for calling out of work and having a valid reason with proof in the state of Pennsylvania?

Asked over 4 years ago - Reading, PA

I called out of work due to my son being sick. Well my boss said he would have to fire me. But i had a medical note excusing. I've only had one unexcused absences. But If i call out i always have a valid reason with the proper paperwork proving the reason for absence.

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  1. John A. Gallagher

    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . Unless you are covered under FMLA, and your sone had a "serious health condition" (usually a chronic condition that causes periodic days of incapacitation or an illness lasting 3 days or more and requiring medical treatment by a doctor), then, in Pennsylvania, you can be fired even though you had a valid reason for being out. You would qualify for unemployment benefits, though.

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