Many California residents work full-time jobs all year long, with a limited amount of paid time off for vacation and illness. However, this limited amount of time off may not be enough for employees who are unable to work due to certain life circumstances. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees who work for covered employers may be entitled to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave per 12-month period for:
Employees are eligible for FMLA leave if they meet certain requirements. Generally, an eligible employee must have:
Employers may deny requests for FMLA leave for multiple reasons, some of which are unlawful. An employer may legally deny FMLA leave if employee does not meet eligibility requirements or does not qualify for leave under the FMLA. However, if an employer violates your FMLA rights, you may be able to file a claim against them for damages. Common FMLA violations include:
If you believe your FMLA rights have been violated, contacting an attorney specializing in employment law for employees may be beneficial. Your lawyer can review your case and advise you on what to do next.