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My hr person requested info about dates of my absences verbally over phone from a doctor who was not my regular doctor which they received verbally and by fax without my permission. Illness was covered by FMLA for chronic pain and sleep issues related to pain.  Without thinking I changed ending date by one day as doctor wrote wrong date on it. I was fired then reinstated after six months of my union fighting for me. Manager was made to retire but I was passed over for three promotions and forced to provide notes every time I missed work. Other employees abuse sick leave for hunting or just long weekends with no problem. Was it legal for doctors office to release my info?


I am not licensed in Oregon so I cannot ethically or legally tell you the law in that state.  I can say that it is unethical and a breach of fiduciary duty for a physician to relay information about a patient without authority to do so.  If a patient does not authorize a release of information, the physician should not be providing information unless it is to another healthcare provider.  

Very truly yours,

Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.

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Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.


I have been a practicing civil trial attorney since 1989 and have a master's degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy in comparative ethics of law, medicine and business.

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I have been a practicing trial attorney since 1989 and I have a masters degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy regarding comparative ethics.

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Bachelor of Arts 1985
Juris Doctorate 1989
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