Youngstown Family & Medical Leave Act Attorney
Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which is a federal law, qualified employees are entitled to leave in certain circumstances. While the FMLA is designed to protect employees from retaliation, including termination, for taking eligible and protected leave, employers do not always follow the law. If your rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act have been breached, our Youngstown FMLA attorneys are ready to advocate for you and represent you in a claim against your employers. Please contact us today for a free consultation.
What Is the FMLA?
The FMLA is a federal law that provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year that is job-protected. This means that when a covered employee is taking leave for a covered reason, the employer cannot retaliate against the employee, terminate the employee, or cease to continue paying any group health benefits during the time of leave.
As explained by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), covered employees are entitled to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the following reasons:
- To care for an immediate family member who is suffering from a serious health condition;
- To take medical leave when the employee themself is suffering from a serious health condition;
- To care for a new child in the home as a result of a foster care placement or adoption; and
- For the birth and care of a newborn child of the employee.
Who’s Covered Under the FMLA?
As stated, only eligible workers are covered under the FMLA. Under federal law, workers who are entitled to FMLA protections include workers who have been employed with their employer for at least 12 months and have worked at least 1,250 hours over that 12-month time. Additionally, only employers who employ 50 or more employees are required to offer unpaid leave under the FMLA.
How a Youngstown FMLA Attorney Can Help
If you believe that your right to unpaid leave has been breached because you have a) been told that you cannot take unpaid leave; b) have only been offered a portion of unpaid leave time rather than the full 12 weeks to which you’re entitled; or c) have been retaliated against for taking paid leave, you should consult with an attorney. At the office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Youngstown FMLA law firm can help you by:
- Determining whether you are covered under the FMLA;
- Explaining to you your rights under the FMLA;
- Investigating your case and determining whether a breach of the FMLA has occurred;
- Representing you in communications with your employer, filing your claim, and more;
- Explaining to you the compensation to which you may be entitled as a result of the violation; and
- Protecting and advocating for your interests throughout the process.
Call Our Youngstown Family and Medical Leave Act Lawyers Today
If you have had your rights under the FMLA breached, you are not alone. To schedule a free consultation and get the legal support you need, call our Youngstown Family and Medical Leave Act attorneys at Coffman Legal, LLC today. We are here to protect your rights!