Federal court sends Shreveport Police Department's sick leave policy to jail

A recent decision by the federal district court in Shreveport puts employers on notice that overly broad and intrusive sick leave policies violate not only federal and state laws prohibiting disability discrimination but also potentially employees' privacy rights under the Louisiana Constitution. In the case, the Shreveport Police Department (SPD) required police officers to complete a chronic illness report after taking just three days of sick leave in a calendar year. The officers filed a lawsuit alleging the reporting mandate unlawfully required them to disclose their disabilities, and the federal district court denied the SPD's motion to dismiss. The court questioned whether the chronic illness reporting requirement was overly intrusive and necessary for the department's operations. Thus, the issue will be left to a jury to decide. Let's take a closer look at how the court came to that conclusion and what you can do to avoid a similar situation.

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