Workers get sick, have children, need to care for loved ones, and have emergencies due to a family member’s military obligations. Do you believe that your employer discriminated against you or took adverse employment actions against you due to a similar situation? If so, our Orlando and Tampa FMLA Lawyers are here to help.
Qualifying For The FMLA Leave
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides leave and job protection to employees that are qualified under the law. In order to be qualified for FMLA leave, an employee must:
- Work for a covered employer (a private-sector employer with 50 or more employees, a public employer, or a public or private elementary or secondary school)
- Have worked for the covered employer for at least 12 months
- Have at least 1,250 hours of service for the employer during the 12 month period preceding the FMLA leave
- Work at a location where the employer has at least 50 employees within a 75 mile radius
- A qualified employee may take FMLA leave (either for a block period or intermittently) for 12 work weeks in a 12 month period for the following reasons:
- Birth of a child or placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care
- For the employee’s serious health condition
- To care for a spouse, child or parent that has a serious health condition
- For any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that a spouse, child or parent is in the military on covered active duty or called to covered active duty status
It is an unlawful employment practice for an employer to interfere with an employee’s FMLA rights. There are multiple ways in which an employer can interfere with an employee’s FMLA rights and numerous federal regulations that outline protections that many workers are unaware exist.
It is also illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for exercising their rights under the FMLA. Retaliation can take many forms, including: termination, demotion, reduction in hours and pay and other actions by an employer that could dissuade its employees from exercising their rights under the FMLA.
Contact our Tampa FMLA Lawyers | Florin Gray Bouzas Owens
Florin Gray Bouzas Owens is dedicated to protecting the Family and Medical Leave Act rights of Florida’s workers. Please know that there are several requirements and protections under the FMLA. If you would like to discuss any FMLA-related issues, please contact our office for a free consultation, with our Tampa or Orlando FMLA Lawyers or call us at 727.254.5255.
To learn more about the Family and Medical Leave Act, you can visit the Department of Labor’s website.