The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law by President Bill Clinton back in 1993. The Act provides certain employees with the right to take unpaid leave protected by their job to handle specific qualifying medical and family issues. Sadly, when an employee goes to take the leave they are entitled to, they find their employer wants to challenge it. Employees may be pressured not to leave, they may be denied, or they could take leave only to be told they can’t return to their prior position.

If your employer has violated your rights under FMLA, you need to speak with an experienced Cincinnati Family and Medical Leave Act attorneys at Coffman Legal. Our skilled legal team has years of experience fighting for the rights of workers all across Ohio. If you or a family member was wrongfully denied family or medical leave, you can count on us. To arrange a case review, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

What Is the Family and Medical Leave Act?

If you have a severe illness or recently had a baby, you may need to take time off work. You could be entitled to take unpaid time off that is protected under the Act. The FMLA is quite complicated. If you have any questions about your extended leave, you can reach out and talk to one of our Cincinnati employment attorneys. Under the FMLA, eligible employees are allowed to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their position for any of these reasons:

  • Placing a newborn baby up for adoption or in foster care;
  • Caring for your newborn baby;
  • Need time off due to serious health problem that has left you unable to work temporarily; or
  • Caring for a child, spouse, or parent who has a severe health condition.
Under the FMLA, your employer is prohibited from the following:
  • Denying or otherwise interfering with your FMLA rights;
  • Retaliating against someone who is attempting to, or is, exercising their rights to use their FMLA benefits;
  • Discriminating against or discharging an employee because they were a participant in a proceeding related to employee FMLA rights.
If your employer has taken action against you, it’s crucial to contact our Cincinnati employment lawyers right away.

Who Is Eligible for FMLA?

Not all employees are eligible for FMLA benefits. The Act only applies to employers with a minimum of 50 employees within a 75-mile distance of the workplace. To qualify for FMLA, you must have been employed for at least 12 months before your leave started, and you must have worked a minimum of 1,250 hours during the prior 12 months. FMLA doesn’t have to be continuous, and it can be taken on an intermittent basis, or a reduced leave schedule as necessary based on your medical condition.

Contact Our Cincinnati Family and Medical Leave Act Attorneys

There are multiple ways employers can violate the FMLA. Some of these include denying your leave, cutting leave benefits, and then not allowing reinstatement. If you’ve experienced one or more of these issues, you may be eligible to bring a claim against your employer. Contact Coffman Legal today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss what your best legal option is.

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