Family & Medical Leave Act Attorneys in Clearwater
You Are Entitled to Unpaid, Protected Leave in Tampa Bay
Certain employees are protected by federal law when they need to take unpaid leave from work to care for themselves or family without fear of losing their jobs. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, employees can claim protected unpaid leave for up to 12 weeks to care for a newly born or adopted child, care for a seriously ill relative, or themselves if they are facing a serious injury or illness.
Where there’s a protection for employees, however, there’s potential for an employer to violate rights by retaliating against leave requests or outright refusing to grant lawful leave. At Kwall Barack Nadeau PLLC, we can hold employers accountable for violating your rights if you think you may be a victim.
You may have a claim if your employment was terminated while you were on leave, you returned to work with a demotion, or experienced any other adverse action as a result of your leave or request for leave. A Family and Medical Leave Act attorney from our firm can help you understand your rights and which next steps to take.
Who Is Covered by the Family & Medical Leave Act?
Employees of public agencies are generally covered by this federal law. People who work for private employers are generally covered if their employer has at least 50 employees and the employee requesting leave has worked for at least a year and has worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to requesting leave.
When Can You Take FMLA Leave?
You may take 12 weeks (3 months) of FMLA leave in any 1 year period. Your leave may be for the following reasons:
Caring for your significant other, child or parent who has a severe heath concern, or because of your own health
If you are pregnant
Chronic illness that cause unplanned trips to a health care provider, at least 2 times a year
If you have been wrongfully denied your FMLA leave, do not hesitate to contact Kwall Barack Nadeau PLLC. Our experienced employment lawyers are here to make sure you know your rights. Call us today for a consultation!
How Do I Know If My Rights Were Violated?
Common ways employers may violate an employee’s rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act include:
- Termination of an employee for requesting leave or during leave (this can be wrongful termination!)
- Not providing an employee with a similar position with equal compensation upon return from leave
- Regarding your leave as unexcused absence
- Never notifying an employee of their Family and Medical Leave Act rights
- Failing to request medical certification documents
- Not giving an employee at least 15 days to submit a leave request
This is not a complete list of the ways that an employer can violate your rights! Speak with a Family and Medical Leave Act attorney in Clearwater immediately if you believe your rights were violated.
Our attorneys at Kwall Barack Nadeau PLLC may be able to help you seek fair and just compensation – contact us online to schedule a consultation!
We are one of the few firms in Pinellas County, Florida to have two attorneys to have been Board Certified Labor and Employment Law, the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar.