I told my boss I was too ill to come into work – I couldn’t believe the response | The Sun
A MAN who told his boss that he was too ill to come into work has revealed their shocking response.
WHSmith worker Mahie said he is quitting because of the manager's "crazy" messages.
Mahie's boss had previously declined his request for leave over Eid – before he called in sick on the Muslim holiday.
His boss texted him: "Hi Mahie, sorry to hear you are unwell.
"As it is Eid and you request this time off but were declined, we will need a sick note.
"Alternatively, if you take the correct medication you should be able to attend this afternoon.
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"It's up to you, but you will need a sick note as this will be fully investigated."
Mahie also claimed that the manager turned down his earlier request for a shift swap with a non-Muslim worker for Eid.
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Posting the text on Twitter, Mahie said: "Getting investigated is crazy.
"I was genuinely ill, I celebrated Eid on Friday and only wanted Saturday off in case Eid was that day.
"I'd like to point out that I asked for shift swap with a non-Muslim girl and he straight up said no.
"Handing in my notice tomorrow guys, don't worry."
People were shockedby the manager's bizarre response.
One said: "What are they going to investigate – your health?"
Another said: "You can self-certify for a week. This seems unprofessional."
A third said: "Ask them if they need a sick note for Christmas."
Eid al-Fitr – also known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast – is a religious Muslim holiday that coincides with the end of Ramadan.
It is celebrated largely due to bringing an end to fasting for Ramadan, which is observed during daylight hours for a month.
Eid is also the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, but it changes every year.
In a Twitter message which he shared, a WHSmith official told Mahie: "We will endeavour to investigate this matter thoroughly and look to provide you with a response in due course."
A spokesperson for the company said: "We respect the religious views of all of our colleagues.
"We are currently investigating this matter fully with our colleagues and will address all concerns raised."
It comes after a WHSmith worker slammed some of the store's stock as "pointless".
Another woman revealed how her boss fumed at her after she refused to give them her first-class seat on a flight back from a conference.
When do you need a sick note for work?
You will need a sick note – now called Statements of Fitness for Work or “fit note
They are designed to stop people claiming pay and taking time off working when they are not actually ill.
Support is available for those who are signed off work due to illness or a health condition on the Fit for Work website.
They can also design a return to work plan on the site to help with reintegration after a long time away.
If you're off work sick for seven days or less, your employer should not ask for medical proof that you've been ill. Instead, they can ask you to confirm that you've been ill by getting you to fill in a form when you return to work.
Plenty of companies have their own self-certification form, but if not you can download a template created by HM Revenue and Customs here.
Once you have been ill for more than seven consecutive days (including weekend days, bank holidays or days you wouldn't usually work anyway) the NHS says you will need to provide your employer with a sick note.
If you need a fit note, contact your GP surgery. Or if you are getting hospital treatment, ask for one from your hospital doctor.
They will assess you and decide if you are in a healthy condition for work or not.
If they deem that you are "not fit for work" they will write a note to that effect that you can present to your employer.
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