Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wisconsin Docs Provide Sick Notes

Is this OK? Wisconsin doctors (or say this man claims) provide notes on request so workers can get paid leave. The man interviewed implies that stress or almost any other reason justifies a sick day. Are "mental health" days OK? Is it ethical for a physician to support this?


  1. Normally, I would say no but when I feel that that when workers' lives are being destroyed in Wisconsin as well as across the country, that the ends justify the means.

    On a related note, employers are discriminating against people who have been unemployed more than 6 months by refusing to interview them. As a result, a Utube video popped up suggesting that employees lie about their experiences and find people who are willing to support their stories.

    Of course, it isn't right but if that means the difference between going on food stamps vs. having a job, the choice is easy. They could later be dismissed for lying but if employers are going to discriminate like that, they don't have much choice.

    Finally, as an FYI, I don't think violence is ever acceptable. Just so people are clear about that.

  2. Civil disobedience to protect human rights is entirely ethical.