Family and Medical Leave
The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) require many employers to grant unpaid leave to an employee after the birth of a child, the arrival of an adopted child, to care for a sick relative or when the employee is ill. These laws apply to private and public employers with 50 or more employees. Any employer covered under state or federal law must grant unpaid leave of up to 12 weeks annually to eligible employees in these situations.
Some employers refuse to grant this leave. Others find ways to penalize the employee, such as reassignment to less desirable job responsibilities after the employee returns to work. These can be violations of the law. If you have suffered discrimination of this type, you may be entitled to compensation for your financial losses. And by taking action, you can help stop violations of these laws.
How Does the Family & Medical Leave Act Apply to You?
California and federal law regarding family and medical leave time is complex. If you believe that you have been unfairly denied leave time, we may be able to obtain compensation and justice for you. Our firm has practiced employment law and Family & Medical Leave violations in the greater Sacramento Area for many years. Our Family and Medical Leave attorneys understand the complexities of employment law and how to use the legal system to get results for our clients. In taking your case, we will carefully document your claim and pursue it through all appropriate legal venues.
What is reasonable accommodation?
Under the FEHA, ‘reasonable accommodation’ means a modification or adjustment to the workplace that enables the employee to perform the essential functions of the job held or desired. Reasonable accommodations can permit the employee to continue working and performing the Essential Functions, instead of requiring a medical leave of absence. Reasonable Accommodations can also be temporary light duty assignments, or granting medical leave of absence, to allow the employee to recover sufficiently to return to work.
If you believe you have been unlawfully refused family or medical leave in the workplace, you should speak to a California discrimination attorney at our firm at your earliest convenience.