Q & A Session – Missing a Doctor’s Appointment


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I work for a federal agency. I had scheduled a doctor’s appointment last week but had to cancel twice because of management. The second time, I had told them I had a doctor’s appointment and that the additional duties they requested I complete outside my normal work hours would cause me to be late for my appointment, but management refused to let me complete the duties another day.

Can management deny this?


Yes. You may file a grievance if you believe management acted arbitrarily or improperly toward you. Eventually, they have to let you have your doctor’s appointment.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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