An employer wants to know that the employee is fit for duty. The employee doesn’t want the employer to know he’s being treated for an illness that may or may not affect his or her ability to perform on the job. The employer pays for the medical tests. The risks are huge.
Who’s rights are paramount?
“Co-Pilot Hid His Depression,” Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2015 A1. The co-pilot at the helm when a plant full of people crashed into the French Alps hid his treatment for depression from his employer.
It’s a slippery slope when you intrude into the doctor-patient relationship. Is this a case where the doctor should have notified the airline? Would that information have affected the airline’s staffing decision?