FMLA Lawyer in Dallas
Protecting Your Rights Under the Family & Medical Leave Act
Sometimes illness, severe injury, or accidents happen. This is never a happy time, and if it strikes someone in your family whom you love – like a spouse, a parent, or a child you need to understand what your legal rights are. These are going to be hard times working through those situations, but the good news is that individuals in these situations do have legally protected rights that cover their employment while taking care of family members when they need them most.
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The FMLA is an important law when it comes to taking time off due to medical issues for you or your family. Under the FMLA, an eligible employee is entitled to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period so long as they have been employed for at least twelve continuous months prior to the leave. During this leave, the employee’s job is protected.
There are certain conditions for which an individual can potentially qualify for FMLA leave
What Are Some FMLA Conditions?
The following conditions qualify under the FMLA for an employee to take leave if the other requirements are met:
- The birth of a child & bonding time post-birth
- Bonding time with foster care or adoption placement
- A serious medical condition of the employee his/herself
- A serious medical condition affecting an employee’s child, spouse, or parent
- Military leave or deployment
The FMLA time can be taken all at once or it can be split up into intermittent chunks of time that are spread out over the calendar year. While the FMLA gives job protection for unpaid time off, it does not require employees in any way to provide pay or back pay for that missed time at work.
Two ways that an employer can get in trouble for violating employees’ FMLA rights are through “interference” or “retaliation.” It is unlawful for any employer to take actions that deny, interfere with, or violate protections that are explicitly granted to employees through the FMLA. If this happens, when a company tries to deny or minimize an employee’s rights or punish them for exercising them, then it’s definitely time to get an attorney involved to protect those rights.
There are a variety of ways these actions can take place, but it comes down to any action that takes away FMLA rights from employees, punishes them for exercising those rights, or interferes, prevents, or delays their lawful unpaid time off. If any of this happens, the employee needs to get an attorney.
“He was able to get it resolved early, which I appreciated. He kept me informed and up to date on everything. I strongly recommend him.”- D. Luna
Matt Scott is a skilled and experienced Dallas FMLA attorney that understands what it takes to fight for your rights in the courtroom to get you the results that you deserve.
If you are an employee who feels that you have an FMLA case, contact Scott Law Firm PLLC today for a consultation on your case.
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