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Owusu-Ansah v. Coca-Cola Company

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Employee’s Threatening Behavior May Justify Mandatory Medical Examination

Franczek Radelet P.C • May 15, 2013
When is it appropriate to require an employee to complete a medical examination? This question presents a common challenge for employers. A federal court of appeals recently issued a decision that helps clarify an employer’s rights to seek a medical opinion when it is concerned about workplace safety. In Owusu-Ansah v. Coca-Cola Company, the Eleventh Circuit found that an employee’s threatening comments and behavior during a meeting with a supervisor were legitimate reasons to mandate that the employee pass a fitness-for-duty examination before returning to work.