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Answered—Is Diarrhea a Reason To Call In Sick?

Going sick to work can be hazardous to your colleagues and sometimes even customers if you work with food—especially if your illness is foodborne. Are you wondering: “Is diarrhea a reason to call in sick?” DoNotPay will tell you all about when you should avoid working.

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Should I Call In Sick if I Have Diarrhea?

Diarrhea can be a sign that you have a stomach virus or some contagious disease, so you should call in sick when you notice this symptom. You can go to work only if you are certain that you don’t have an illness that can be contracted by your colleagues and, in some cases, customers. It would be easier for you to stay at home, especially if you need to visit the restroom often.

You should generally stay away from the office if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  1. Fever
  2. Vomiting or diarrhea
  3. Rash
  4. Pain
  5. Cold


Having a fever can be a symptom of any type of disease. When you have a fever, your body is trying to fight off an infection that could be contagious—in this case, you should stay home until you get better.

Vomiting or Diarrhea

Diarrhea and vomiting may be symptoms of a stomach virus, so until you’re sure that it’s not transmittable, you should stay at home and avoid putting your coworkers at risk.


Not all rashes are contagious, but until you know for certain that your skin problems cannot affect others, you should stay at home.


Chronic pain isn’t contagious, but it can make you exceedingly uncomfortable, and you might not be productive if you’re in pain. If you have any of the following problems, consider taking sick leave:

Rest is a must when you’re in pain, so check whether there’s a policy in your company that allows employees to take paid sick leave when they’re in pain.


If you have a case of the sniffles, that’s not a reason enough to miss out on work. But if your cold is severe, with symptoms such as uncontrollable cough, you should consider taking sick leave.

How To Call In Sick With Diarrhea

There are a few options to call in sick depending on where you work—you can:

Be sure to inform your supervisor in time about your sick leave because they need to find someone else to cover your work. The common practice is to call at least two hours before your shift, but you should check your company’s policy for more specific rules.

Your employer might force you to come into work, and unfortunately, not all states have laws that can prevent them from doing this.

If you contract COVID-19, there is the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act that protects you. Your employer must give you time off if you are ill with coronavirus.

Get Your Sick Leave With the Help of DoNotPay

If you’re not keen on talking to the HR department or your supervisor when you’re dealing with stomach pain, we have the best product for you. Once you , we’ll create a professional sick leave request based on your state laws and the information you provide.

To use our services, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in and locate the Request Sick Leave product
  2. Select the state where your company is located (so we can find relevant sick leave laws if your state has them)
  3. Provide information about your company
  4. Enter the dates on which you’ll be absent from work

You can also choose whether you want us to send the sick leave request letter in your stead or you prefer doing it yourself.

Keep in mind that your employer cannot fire you for being sick, and if they do, you can send demand letters to them in small claims court with DoNotPay’s help.

The following table contains articles with more information about states that have regulations regarding paid sick leave:

CaliforniaArizonaPennsylvaniaNorth Carolina
MichiganFloridaVirginiaNew York
WashingtonColoradoVermontRhode Island
New JerseyDistrict of ColumbiaOhioGeorgia

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