Can I Get Fired For Taking Medical Leave?
Medical leave can often cause confusion for employees. Every company has different policies for sick time, and many people don’t know their options for taking medical leave to care for themselves or an immediate family member, especially if they have used all their sick time. I can help you understand Washington’s medical leave laws, and if you get fired after taking medical leave, there is a good chance you have a case against your employer.
As the only lawyer at Weiss Law Firm PLLC, I will handle your FMLA case directly. In my 30 years of practice, I have handled many cases involving medical leave and wrongful termination resulting from taking medical leave. If you have been fired for taking medical leave, you need an experienced attorney on your side.
Understanding The Family And Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
FMLA is a federal law that protects employees and immediate family members if someone is seriously ill. The law requires certain employers to give 12 weeks of medical leave time per year. This leave is protected, meaning you have the right to be reinstated when your leave ends.
Common situations where you may use the FMLA include serious illness or injury to yourself or an immediate family member and pregnancy or complications during or after pregnancy. State law provides time off during pregnancy, and you can get additional time if medical issues arise during your pregnancy.
When Your FMLA Rights Have Been Violated
If you are fired or your position is no longer available when you return from medical leave, you may have a case against your employer. I can review your situation and bring the fight to your employer and, if necessary, into the courtroom. Employees have rights when it comes to medical leave, and if yours have been violated I will help you pursue the case.
Contact Me Today
If you live in Washington state and were blocked from going on medical leave, or your position was gone when you returned from leave, contact me for a free phone consultation. Call me at 206-508-0149 or email me.