Reason 152 why Screeners hate their employer. Doctors note anyone?

February 25, 2010 at 11:18 am 7 comments

Screeners who work for the TSA have many reason to dislike their employer, mostly stemming from the abuse by their own management who enforce inconsistent policies.  One such policy is the requirement  that screeners must provide a doctors note when you are ill. This is one of the most inconsistent and argued policies management likes to enforce. The policy is this: If a screener misses more than two days due to an illness they are required to provide a doctors note. That in itself is fair enough and was never really an issue. The problem is that the managers want the doctor’s note to state the diagnosis and prognosis of the persons illness, so they can determine for themselves if they will approve the leave. This is the part most people have a problem with. They wanted screeners to voluntarily give them access to their private medical records. Now I can understand doing this if the illness would not allow a screener to perform their functions in the future, but this was normally not the case. This is nothing more than an abuse of their position used to intimidate screeners. A manager would inform a screener they must provide this information or they will be marked AWOL (Absent Without Leave) which can destroy a screeners “career”. I talked to several physicians about this and was told it would be a huge violation for them to provide this information with out the patients consent.

Now I for one never allowed them to intimidate me with this policy. It is well know that the TSA openly discriminates against its employees and allowing them access to this information would only provide them with more ammunition.  There is also the issue that the TSA  and especially CVG, has the nasty habit of “misplacing a persons paperwork”, it seems to disappear into the ineptness that is the TSA operations center.  I have actually asked managers if there was some kind of void that would mysteriously suck our paper work into oblivion. This happens nation wide. Why should a screener be forced to provide this information, it’s only going to get misplaced or posted on the internet just like the super secret  SOP a few months back .

One last thing I would like to talk about is the inconsistent way this policy is enforced. The TSA basically works on the principal of  “Who you know and Who you blow”. It is the same way with this policy.  There are only certain Screeners who are forced to provide this information while others are able to skate by free and clear. These are normally the other “yes men” in the organization. The Screeners who bust their ass everyday are persecuted by the managers at every opportunity. This is just another reason TSA management needs to be held accountable for their actions.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. AngryMiller  |  February 27, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Hmmm, something about that policy strikes me as being highly illegal. Doctor’s note? Okay with that since some folks use sick leave as vacation days, but bringing along the other information? Not good, nope not good at all. Might check into HIPAA to see if TSA is at odds with that government agency.

    • 2. sean5294  |  February 28, 2010 at 7:29 am

      It’s definitely a bad deal all around. I know at my airport this policy was contested at every opportunity.

  • 3. drone  |  February 27, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    That was one of the things I had huge problems with. I was out with something that was none of their damn business and I told the doctor he was not to put the diagnosis down.I had to be very specific when I saw the doctor. Most just wanted to do the generic note and I told them I couldn’t have that, My doctor told me it was violating HIPAA if they wanted that information.

    When the supervisor saw the note he had a fit. I didn’t give a damn. I told them they take the note. Don’t even get me started on workers comp leave violations, I could write a book.

    • 4. sean5294  |  February 28, 2010 at 7:26 am

      My doctor said the same thing.

      • 5. AngryMiller  |  February 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm

        Might be time to go after some of the crooks running TSA. Hit them with HIPAA violation cases. A few suits go bankrupt because of their own misguided judgement would be more than okay with me. You don’t abuse the people who work for you unless you want a very disgruntled employees showing up one day to create new job openings. No room in the workplace for bullies in supervisory roles.

  • 6. drone  |  March 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    The screening managers probably had/have no idea what HIPAA means.
    Threaten someone with AWOL and all hope of any advancement goes down the toilet.

    Of course if you were workers comp, you had very limited options anyway, exit,exit or exit. Unless you knew how to brown nose and take what they threw to you with proper subservience.. And w/c people were still expected to take the PASS tests, no matter that they had restrictions that specifically prohibited them from doing the tests. Don’t tell me about a 1 armed person who can do it, I know my limitations and no lifting means that.

    Am I bitter? Am I pissed off? Yeah, I have effectively lost the use of my right arm and shoulder. I hurt 24/7 after 3 surgeries, countless hours of PT and depending on meds to deal.

    Rant over. Back to the barn.

    • 7. sean5294  |  March 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm

      I know exactly how you feel as I am in the same boat, I have back pain 24 hours a day.


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