Q & A Session – Faking a Pregnancy for Time Off


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 suspect an employee is falsifying a pregnancy for time off. I am 100 percent sure this person is not pregnant. Is this illegal?


I assume the time off for the pregnancy is sick leave. If so, sick leave can be granted for a variety of reasons. It is, of course, illegal to obtain a federal benefit (like sick leave) by lying about eligibility. But, it sounds to me like there may be or may not be other explanations.


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

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