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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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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