Family and Medical Leave Act Litigation
Florida Employment Discrimination Attorneys
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows employees to take extended, job-protected time off for a personal health crisis or to care for a family member who is ill or incapacitated. The law prohibits employers from refusing FMLA leave or taking adverse actions against employees who do.
In reality, many employers grudgingly grant FMLA leave. Some go so far as to terminate employees or retaliate in other ways. The Tampa employment discrimination attorneys of Feldman Morgado, P.A., are here to hold those callous employers to justice.
Enforcing Your Employment Rights
If you suffered backlash for taking FMLA leave, contact us to explore your legal remedies. We represent employees statewide, with several offices across Florida. Download a copy of the FMLA eligibility form.
Violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles an employee to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off in a 12-month period for:
- Birth of a child and maternity/paternity leave to care for a newborn during the first year
- Placement and care of an adopted or foster care child
- Care for a spouse, child or parent who has a serious health condition
- Self-care for a serious health condition that prevents the employee from working
- Necessary time off related to a spouse, child or parent on active military duty
The law allows up to 26 weeks of leave within a 12-month period to care for a military servicemember who has a serious injury or health condition.
Tampa FMLA Lawyers: Experienced Employment Law Representation
The Family and Medical Leave Act is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Our knowledgeable lawyers can pursue your legal remedies if an employer has interfered with your FMLA rights or taken any adverse employment action. We will determine if the FMLA applies to your job — some small employers and some occupations are fully or partially exempt. We will examine the facts of your case and your standing, such as whether you provided sufficient notice and maintained reasonable communication with your employer during your leave.
We have handled cases of clients who were deliberately misinformed about their FMLA rights or wrongly told that they could not take leave. We have also represented employees who were terminated for trumped-up reasons after taking FMLA leave or harassed by a supervisor or employer for taking lawful and legitimate leave.
An FMLA lawsuit may seek back pay, front pay and compensation for emotional distress, plus attorney's fees and punitive damages.
We have also handled related EEOC/Florida Human Rights Commission claims under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, such as terminating a woman after learning that she is pregnant or retaliating for taking paid maternity leave and/or FMLA leave.
Tampa, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Naples, Jacksonville, Ocala:
Medical Leave Lawyers Handling FMLA Claims Throughout Florida
The law firm of Feldman Morgado makes employers pay for outrageous and illegal employment actions relating to family leave or medical leave. For more information or to discuss your specific circumstances, please contact us today for a free initial consultation. We also take cases in Atlanta, Georgia.