Medical leave allows employees to take time off for important family and medical reasons. Employees who meet certain qualifications are eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave every year under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Unfortunately, some employees are wrongfully denied FMLA leave and some may experience some form of retaliation from an employer for taking it.
Qualifications For FMLA Leave
If you are considering taking FMLA leave, you must meet the following qualifications:
- You must have worked for your current employer for at least one year
- You must have worked at least 1,250 hours over the past year
- Your employer must employ at least 50 people within 75 miles of the location
Employees must provide employer with advanced notice of intent to take FMLA leave.
There may be additional state qualification requirements.
If you meet the qualifications, you are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for:
- The birth or adoption of a child
- A serious health condition
- To care for a family member who has a serious health condition
If an employer refuses FMLA leave or retaliates against you for taking leave, your rights may have been violated. It is advisable to speak to an attorney about your legal options if this has happened to you. You may be entitled to compensation.
Get help today: If your employer wrongfully denied your FMLA request or retaliated against you for taking medical leave, talk to an attorney from our firm. Call 202-536-3315 to reach our Washington, DC, office.