By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
The claimant was terminated after she failed to provide a “fitness for duty” letter from her physician after claiming that she had been diagnosed with a disease caused by exposure at her workplace. The Board denied benefits, finding that the claimant did not provide any reason for not providing the letter and that the employer’s request for such a letter was reasonable. On appeal, the claimant argued that the letter would cost thousands to procure and instead offered her medical records. The court held that the Board did not err in determining that the claimant engaged in willful misconduct by failing to respond to the request to produce the letter. The decision of the Board was affirmed (Kimberly Ann Sones v. UCBR, Pa. Comwth. Ct. (Unpub. Op.), No. 432 C.D. 2019, March 9, 2021).
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