For the last year, I've been planning on have some surgery done. I've let my vacation time roll over and accrue so that I've now got 5 weeks. I talked to my boss and told him that sometime in the next 3-4 months, I'll most likely be taking 3 weeks off. I mentioned that I was planning on having surgury but didn't go into details. He reported it to HR and I'm now being told that I HAVE to take a medical disabilty - with a pay cut! They won't let me use my vacation. They are claiming that because of some family disabilty act, they have to by law place me on disability. This is insane to me. I didn't have to tell them what I would be doing on my vacation. It seems that with all the right to privacy acts going on these days that they shouldn't be able to do this. Being on reduced pay will really hurt and cause me to reconsider having the procedure. Can I fight this? Can I say I'm simply taking my vacation for personal reasons that are none of your business? Can they ask the insurance company if I had the surgery? Can the insurance company tell them? I'm really frustrated by this. The fact that I was honest about what I would be doing on my vacation is now screwing me. Does anyone have any advice? Thanks!