Your Rights Under The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, is a federal law designed to protect employees who need to take off work for specific medical reasons. You are generally eligible for FMLA leave if you have been working at least 12 months for an employer that employs at least 50 people. You may be entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a variety of situations:
- To attend to a serious medical condition
- To attend to an immediate family member’s serious medical condition
- The birth or care of your child
- The placement or care of an adopted or foster child
If your employer doesn’t allow you to take leave or you are terminated because you took leave, your rights may have been violated. Do not hesitate to file an FMLA claim — at Jones Williams Fuhrman Gourley, P.A., our senior partners will work directly with you to ensure that you are treated fairly under the law.
Your Employer Cannot Retaliate Against You
One issue workers face occurs after they take FMLA leave. Because their employers are often inconvenienced and upset about them taking leave in the first place, many of them attempt to retaliate against workers — which is a clear infringement on your FMLA rights.
While they may not explicitly fire you for taking FMLA leave, employers do retaliate in other ways. They may set you up to be fired by criticizing you or writing you up in ways that could lead to your termination. Our attorneys frequently represent both employees and employers and can help identify and combat these various tactics against you.
Our employment lawyers have an impressive record of success representing Idaho workers and are committed to standing up for your rights. Schedule an initial consultation at our office in Boise by calling 208-874-0343 or reaching out online.