Employment Law

Protecting you, protecting your family: The Family and Medical Leave Act

After 12 years, Marta (not her real name) “worked her way up” to $7.50 per hour as a food preparation assistant at an expensive restaurant on the D.C./Bethesda border. When her 12-year-old son got sick and she needed to stay home with him, she told her employer and got a doctor’s note saying she’d be out a week. When she showed up for work five days later, the employer had replaced her.

John (not his real name) had a successful career as a financial manager at a large local hospital. Despite protests from his boss, John took four weeks leave when his daughter was born. One week after he returned to work, John got the first negative evaluation of his career and was fired.

What do John and Marta have in common? Both of them are protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). What did we do for them? After we filed suit, these disputes went to arbitration. We won Marta the wages she lost while looking for another job for four months, and an equal amount as additional damages, plus her attorney’s fees. For John, our counseling and intervention on his behalf allowed him to resolve his dispute successfully without the need for a litigated decision.

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