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Illnesses and pregnancies may require employees to take time away from work. The Family and Medical Leave Act was signed into law to allow employees who work in a company of over 50 employees to take medical leave without the worry of job loss. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, employees may be eligible to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the following reasons:
To qualify for a family and medical leave, an employee must meet the eligibility criteria. The Family and Medical Leave Act does not provide paid leave, but an employee could include accumulated paid time off during his/her time of absence. Sometimes, employers attempt to violate the Family and Medical Leave Act by denying time off or discriminating against an employee who needs time off. Employers often make excuses to fire someone who will be taking a family and medical leave.
If you are an employee who feels that your employer is interfering with your right to take a family or medical leave, you may seek the help of an employment lawyer. An employment lawyer can help you recover any lost pay or benefits, medical costs for the care of an ill family member, and penalties to the employer for violating the law. You may also be able to recover attorney's fees, witness fees and court costs.
Is your employer denying you of taking a family or medical leave that you may be entitled to under the Family and Medical Leave Act? You may need the help of an employment lawyer. Contact Attorney Search Network to find an employment lawyer today.
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