Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Washington, D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act Lawyer

Advocating Against Family and Medical Leave Act Violations

As an employee, you are allowed 12 work-weeks of unpaid leave each year for any protected family or medical reason listed under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as long as you meet certain requirements. Many states have their own mini-FMLA laws that provide more extensive protections. This leave is job-protected, meaning that you cannot be demoted or fired for exercising your rights under the Act. If you believe your FMLA rights have been violated, or if you believe your employer is in violation of the FMLA, take action now to protect your interests by speaking with an experienced employment law attorney.

At Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C., we have been protecting the interests and preserving the legal rights of employees for over 20 years. Whether you live in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Northern Virginia, we are ready to put our labor law experience and sound advocacy to work for you. Contact our firm today to schedule your consultation.

Know Your Rights Under the Family and Medical Leave Act

You must meet certain minimum requirements to be eligible for leave under the FMLA. These requirements include working for your employer for at least one year and providing at least 1,250 hours of service. Your employer must also employ at least 50 individuals. State law requirements vary so you should call us.

If you work for a covered employer, you are entitled to 12 work-weeks of unpaid leave in the event of the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for yourself or a loved one in the event of a serious health condition. You must provide sufficient notice to your employer of your intent to exercise your rights under the FMLA.

Do You Think Your Employer Is Violating the Family and Medical Leave Act?

The FMLA states very clearly that any employee who wishes to exercise his or her rights to leave under the Act can do so without retaliation from their employer. This means your employer cannot do any of the following:

  • Refuse to allow you the time off
  • Stop providing you health care coverage while you are on leave
  • Fire you from your position while you are on leave
  • Deny you employment in the same or similar position upon your return from leave
  • Take your leave into account during performance reviews
  • If you think your employer could use FMLA compliance assistance to ensure that it does not violate the Act, or if you believe your employer has already violated your rights or the rights of a coworker, speak with a knowledgeable attorney today.

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