Chiropractic treatment: do sick benefits apply?

Maintenance Utility Man Charley Colman was out five weeks because of a neck ailment. When he returned to work he put in for sick benefits. "Where's your doctor's note?" Maintenance Foreman Greg Richards asked. "I don't have one.
By Raymond Dreyfack January 1, 1998

Maintenance Utility Man Charley Colman was out five weeks because of a neck ailment. When he returned to work he put in for sick benefits.

“Where’s your doctor’s note?” Maintenance Foreman Greg Richards asked.

“I don’t have one. I was treated by a chiropractor. I have a letter from him.”

“Sorry,” Richards replied, “you’re not eligible. To be covered by the policy you need medical proof of illness from a doctor or other certified medical practitioner. A chiropractor doesn’t qualify.”

Colman protested that he was being ripped off. He threatened to file a grievance if his claim wasn’t honored. Richards decided to talk to his boss regarding the situation.

Question: If Colman follows through with his threat, how would you rate his chances of winning?

Bellini’s verdict: Plant Engineer Cortland Bellini made a quick decision when brought up to date by the supervisor.

“Approve Colman’s benefits claim. Payment is clearly specified in the labor agreement and doesn’t require a doctor’s certification. Unless specifically exempted, chiropractic treatment is acceptable.”