Family And Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Imagine taking five weeks of unpaid leave to care for a sick relative, only to return to find that your job has disappeared. A tacky move on the employer's part, sure, but in some cases, it may also be against the law. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows workers to take time off to deal with family situations that require more time and care than what sick days or accrued vacation days could cover. When your leave is finished, your employer is required to reinstate you at your previous position at your previous salary and benefits. Furthermore, employers are required to maintain workers' health insurance benefits for the duration of the leave.

If you take advantage of this protected time off and your employer responds by firing you, demoting you upon your return, withholding bonuses or failing to provide benefits that you had before the leave, you need to speak with a qualified employment law attorney to find out if you've been a victim of an FMLA violation. Our lawyers at Cable Gallagher can inform you of your rights and give you perspective about your options. Email us to make an appointment or call toll free at 800-618-5571.

Can I Take Time Off?

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), government employees and people who work for an organization that has 50 or more employees have a protected right to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the specified situations:

  • Birth or adoption of a child
  • Becoming a foster parent
  • A serious illness or pregnancy complication requiring hospitalization or ongoing care (not a common ailment like a cold or upset stomach)
  • Caring for an ill spouse, parent or child
  • Caring for a military family member or dealing with a situation arising from active duty (26 weeks allowed)

If your employer resists your request for time off, or takes other punitive actions in response to your leave, you need to speak with a lawyer who can protect your rights and fight to maintain your status in the workplace. At Cable Gallagher, we are committed to helping working families manage challenges while keeping their jobs secure.

Contact Us To Learn Your Rights

Call our office toll free at 800-618-5571 to speak with a Folsom, California, FMLA lawyer, or email us to schedule an appointment.