Family And Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Family and Medical Leave Act or “FMLA” is a federal law allowing you to take a job-protected leave of absence for certain life events. These life events include the birth or adoption of a child, your own serious health condition, the serious health condition of certain immediate family members, deployments of certain immediate family members who are military service members, and to care for certain immediate family members who are current military service members or are veterans.
The FMLA does not apply to all employers; only those employers with fifty or more employees in the same geographic location. The FMLA also does not apply to all employees; you must have worked for your employer for at least one year and worked for at least 1,250 hours during that one year. Additionally, the FMLA is a complex law. There are technical requirements for both employers and employees.
If you were fired, lost a bonus, were denied a promotion, or suffered any monetary loss because of absences that were or should have been protected by the FMLA, then you might have a claim. Additionally, if you think you were fired, lost a bonus, were denied a promotion, or suffered any monetary loss because you requested or used FMLA leave, then you might have a claim. The FMLA allows you to recover the monetary loss you suffered with additional monetary penalties against the employer. Willis Spangler Starling has experience handling these complex cases and we can help try to make you whole if your employer has violated the FMLA. Call 614-721-6305 to set up an appointment.