Anne Arundel County FMLA and Leave Discrimination Lawyer
Almost everyone needs to take time off from work for medical or family reasons at some point. Unfortunately, though, sometimes an employer will drag their feet after receiving a leave request or retaliate against employees who exercise their rights. When this happens, a skilled employment lawyer from the Spiggle Law Firm could provide critical help.
Federal and state laws give you the right to take time off from work under certain circumstances without having to worry about losing your job. Some employers, however, either do not understand these laws or react negatively to employees who need to take time off. When that happens, you may benefit from legal guidance from an Anne Arundel County FMLA and leave discrimination lawyer
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a wide-reaching law that allows many employees to take unpaid time off from work for family caretaking or health-related reasons. The FMLA entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for serious health matters, either for themselves or a covered family member.
It also allows for unpaid leave relating to childbirth, adoption, or foster-parenting a child. The FMLA does not apply to all employers; however, so guidance from an experienced Anne Arundel County FMLA and leave discrimination attorney could benefit anyone with questions about their rights.
Ways that an employer can violate the FMLA include:
- Denying a legitimate leave request
- Retaliating against an employee who requests FMLA leave
- Unreasonable advance-notice or other requirements that are beyond FMLA’s basic requirements
- Changing benefits during leave
- Rushing someone to return early from leave
- Refusing to reinstate an employee into the same job after leave
If you experience these or other possible violations, you may have the right to file a civil lawsuit against your employer or submit a complaint to the U.S. Department of Labor. If you can prove a violation, you might be able to recover compensation for any lost pay, attorneys’ fees, court costs, and possibly other damages.
Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
Maryland state law requires certain employers to provide leave benefits to employees. Unlike FMLA, the state law requires paid leave. This law, called the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, requires most employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid “sick and safe leave,” while smaller employers must provide unpaid leave.
The amount of leave available is based on the number of hours worked. However, there are exceptions and exclusions in the law, so getting personalized advice from an FMLA and leave discrimination lawyer about coverage in Anne Arundel County can be beneficial.
State law prohibits discrimination in the application of the Maryland Health Working Families Act, so employers cannot retaliate against employees for exercising their state “sick and safe leave” rights. If you believe that your employer may have violated these laws, skilled legal counsel could advise you about how these or other regulations may apply to your circumstances.
Contact a Skilled Anne Arundel County FMLA and Leave Discrimination Attorney
When you need to take time off work for reasons protected by the FMLA or other laws, you should be able to exercise your rights without fear of retaliation or other violations. If you believe that your employer has acted against you in any way, whether by denial of leave, refusal to reinstate you, or something else, you could benefit from the professional advice of an Anne Arundel County FMLA and leave discrimination lawyer.
When an attorney from the Spiggle Law Firm takes your case, we could help you identify ways to address your legal concerns and present options to reach your goals. As with all cases, deadlines may apply, so click here to get started on your case by filling out our online case review form.