In my previous workplace they used to tell us not to disclose specific information about our illness, and need to say no more than "I'm sick, not coming in today." I assumed there was some privacy law or something. However, at my current job, they want to know exactly why I need to go to the doctor which I feel is really is none of their business, and the reason I'm seeing the doctor can be embarassing at times (i.e. gynecologist visits, etc." I understand that they want to validate I'm really sick, but I don't want to mention I need treatment for my vagina or whatever (this is an example). Or what if I had cancer and I wasn't ready to talk about it but I needed treatment, would I really need to tell the employer that I have cancer?
Do they have a right to know, and do I need to disclose that information? I thought medical information and records were supposed to be private, but I'm not sure.