Handling Family And Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Violations
Under federal law, certain employees have the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to address a serious health condition, to care for a sick child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition, or to care for a newborn child, newly adopted child, or a foster child. The federal law providing for these unpaid work leaves of absence is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Unfortunately, some employers do not abide by the specifics of FMLA and related federal and state laws. If you believe your employer has committed a Family and Medical Leave Act violation and you have suffered as a result, we at The Womack Law Firm can help.
Take action now and call 866-397-8032 to set up a consultation with our lawyer to discuss FMLA issues.
Located in Houston, we are a firm that is committed to standing up for the rights of employees who have taken federally allowed leave and been treated negatively, or have been prevented from taking a leave. Attorney Mark T. Womack uses his more than 30 years of experience when handling these types of cases. He and our staff work tirelessly to see that employers are held responsible for the harm they have caused employees.
How FMLA Works
Protections afforded to workers under the FMLA include the following:
- When you return to work after your leave, you have the right to the same or an equivalent position.
- During your leave you are entitled to get the same medical benefits you would get if you were at work.
- You cannot lose any employment benefits during your leave.
- If you qualify for a family or medical leave, you have the right to take that leave free from harassment or discrimination by your employer.
Only certain types of businesses are required to provide FMLA benefits to employees. However, employers should be making employees very aware of their eligibility. If information is not provided to you in an employee handbook or other form, you can request the information. If your employer is preventing you from taking leave, and you believe that you are entitled to it under FMLA, seek out the advice of a lawyer.