Family and Medical Leave Act Discussed by a Washington DC FMLA Attorney
Time Away From Work to Care for Your Family Shouldn’t Penalize You or Cost You Your Job
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) “entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for specified family and medical reasons.”
An employee can take FMLA leave for the following reasons:
- The birth of a child of the employee
- The placement of an adopted or foster child with the employee
- Care of an immediate family member with a serious health condition
- A serious health condition on the part of the employee
- Qualifying exigencies due to an immediate family member being on active military duty or being called to duty as a member of the National Guard or Reserves in support of a contingency operation
The act also requires that once the leave is over, an employee be allowed to return to his or her former position or a position equivalent in duties, pay and benefits.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. If you have been on leave in accordance with the FMLA and have had problems with your employment upon returning to work or if you were terminated when you tried to return to work, you need to protect your right to have taken that legitimate leave.
Medical Leave Lawyers Serving Clients in the District of Columbia and in Federal Cases
Two things can happen when you apply for an FMLA leave:
- Your employer may oppose your leave because too many workers are out or the company claims that you don’t meet the classification.
- Your employer retaliates against you with adverse actions, disciplinary write-ups and other actions that might cause you to want to leave permanently, in spite of the fact that you are using the statute correctly.
It is illegal for your employer to deny you leave for no good reason. Our law firm has had great success in challenging employers that either try to prevent employees from legitimately taking leave or that refuse to allow an employee to return to his or her position. Our Washington DC FMLA attorneys will fight for your right to take the time away from work to deal with your situation or will fight to get your job secured or returned to you.
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