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Here's my question: Is it unethical of your boss to ask questions and expect detail explanations as to why you are calling out sick? For instance, I followed the company procedures when I called out sick (gave plenty of notice for replacement purposes)because my son was sick and had to take him to the doctor. He then proceeded to ask me if I was taking him to the doctor, which one, what was the outcome of the doctor visit, and which pharmacy I used for my son's prescription? Is this ethical?  
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Invasive, yes. Unethical, most likely not. In today's day and age people like to abuse their privileges, one such privilege is the ability to call in sick when one is unable to work. Your boss cannot be expected to believe a person every time they call in sick. I feel that it is his responsibility to ensure that his employees responsibilities are being fully met and if that means investigating the reasons to which you are calling in sick then i find it most appropriate. However, prescription information, pharmaceutical information, and other very personal and slightly endangering information is odd and may be unethical. However, a doctors note might have been good proof and you may have avoided this entire situation.
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This problem would be unethical for the boss to pry for detailed information. As long as the employee followed the correct procedures to make sure there was someone to work in his/her place, it should be up to the employee to volunteer information, if needed. It would be considered ethical for the boss to ask if the child was okay. There is a difference between being concerned and being nosy.
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It is not unethical, although it does show a lack of trust. If a boss asks for proof it means he/she may have been lied to in the past.
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