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Employee files suit due to FMLA violations

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2021 | Employment Law

Michigan employees undoubtedly appreciate their ability to earn a living and take care of themselves and their family members. However, many workers may feel as if they are required to give their lives to their careers or risk being reprimanded or even fired. Unfortunately, this ordeal could happen, even though there are laws like the FMLA to protect employees against such unjust treatment. 

It was recently reported that a worker in another state is suing her former employer for violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Apparently, the woman had taken leave under the FMLA due to suffering from a brain aneurysm. She needed time away from work to receive treatment and recover, and though she attempted to return to work after initial treatment, she found herself physically unable to continue working. 

Though she had hoped to receive short-term disability, the employee instead received a notice that she had been furloughed while she was on FMLA leave. Not long after, she received a notice indicating that she was terminated from the company, despite the company having various other positions open and hiring. Now, she is filing a lawsuit for the following claims and others: 

  • ADA discrimination 
  • FMLA retaliation 
  • FMLA interference 
  • Disability discrimination under state law 

Being unjustly treated due to needing time off for medical reasons is a scenario no Michigan worker wants to face. However, as this case shows, taking legal action may be warranted under such circumstances. Of course, each case depends on its specific details, and if workers believe that their rights under the FMLA have been violated, discussing the matter further with experienced employment law attorneys may be worthwhile.