Medical leave is a valuable resource for employees who need to take extended time off.
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible employees to take time off for certain medical and family reasons:
- The birth of a child
- The placement of a child into adoption or foster care
- To bond with a child (within one year of the birth or adoption of the child)
- To care for a family member, child or spouse with a serious medical condition
- To attend to your own medical needs when your condition prevents you from doing your job
Eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a 12-month period. The employee’s job is protected during the leave. All federal employers are required to offer FMLA leave to eligible employees.
Retaliation for taking FMLA leave
Unfortunately, there are examples of employers taking adverse action against employees who take FMLA. Some examples of retaliation may include:
- Firing an employee for taking FMLA
- Demoting an employee for taking FMLA
- Counting time off against an employee
- Cutting off an employee’s health insurance
- Harassing or pressuring an employee while on FMLA
There may be other examples as well.
It is illegal for an employer to take action against an employee for taking FMLA. If you believe that your employer has discriminated or retaliated against you for exercising your FMLA rights, you should speak to an attorney about your legal options.
Free consultation: Talk to an attorney from The Devadoss Law Firm, P.L.L.C., by calling 888-351-0424. We represent federal employees nationwide.