Understanding Your Rights Under The FMLA
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 set landmark standards for the protection of workers whose personal health or the health of a loved one requires extended time away from work. Under the FMLA, employees are able to take up to 12 weeks of consecutive or intermittent unpaid leave from work while retaining the security of their jobs. At the end of that time away from work, the employee must be able to return to work in the job he or she held prior to taking leave or a substantially similar position.
Employees need this kind of work-life balance, particularly when a sudden illness or disability comes up. Unfortunately, many employers see disabilities or a worker’s desire to take legally protected leave as a burden — one they do not want to support. As a result, employers may engage in discriminatory activity and fail to uphold the standards set by employment law regulations. With offices in Hollywood and Coral Springs, the attorneys at Gallup Auerbach help residents throughout Florida fight against retaliatory actions by their employers and confidently advocate for their rights.
Caring For Disabled Family Members
Your family is important and if you need to take medical leave to care for a family member, you should feel enabled to do so. Some common situations include:
- You are giving birth to a child and need to care for that child.
- Your spouse, partner or child is injured or ill.
- Your parent is injured or ill and needs care.
- A member of your family is a service member who has been injured or is ill.
Whether you file for medical leave for your own health or for that of a family member, your employer may retaliate by discriminating against you. Don’t be afraid to take action against them and fight for your rights.
Contact Us To Evaluate Your Situation
If you have requested medical leave and you suspect that your employer has taken discriminatory action against you, please fill out a case evaluation form. You can also contact the lawyers at Gallup Gallup Auerbach with any questions or concerns about your case.
Our offices are conveniently located between Miami and Palm Beach in Hollywood and Coral Springs, Florida.