Employment Blog

Is Retaliation for Taking a Medical Leave Illegal?
Family, Medical, and Other Leave Discrimination, FMLA, Retaliation

Wal-Mart is the home of everyday low prices. For some employees, it is also the home of illegal employment practices. One Wal-Mart assistant manager found out the hard way that taking medical leave meant getting fired. A New Jersey jury...

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EEOC Issues Guidance Regarding Medical Leave as an Accommodation to a Disability
Family, Medical, and Other Leave Discrimination

If you have a disability and need time off or a reduced schedule, you may be entitled to a medical leave under federal and/or state laws. Unpaid medical leave is often associated with the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)...

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Are Employers Required to Accommodate Pregnant Employees?
ADA, Family, Medical, and Other Leave Discrimination, FMLA, Pregnancy Discrimination

Employers must reasonably accommodate pregnant employees under state and federal laws. What those accommodations should be will vary depending on the needs of the employee and employer. If a pregnant employee asks for help but that request is denied, she...

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How the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Family Medical Leave Act Provide Leave for Pregnant Employees
Family, Medical, and Other Leave Discrimination, FMLA, Pregnancy Discrimination

If you’re an employee who is pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you’ve probably wondered whether you’ll be able to take the necessary time off from work for the care and birth of your child. You might already know that...

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Workplace Rights for Those Suffering From Infertility
ADA, Family, Medical, and Other Leave Discrimination, Sex Discrimination

We’ve discussed the rights and protections of employees in the workplace based on sex, pregnancy, the need to care for a loved one, etc. But what about employees who seek treatment for infertility? Do the laws that provide the previously...

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California and Minnesota: Taking Care of Families
Family Responsibilities Discrimination, Family, Medical, and Other Leave Discrimination, FMLA

When it comes to protecting or helping caregivers, not all states are created equal. Federal laws, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, create a minimum level of employee...

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Gordon v. U.S. Capitol Police
Family, Medical, and Other Leave Discrimination

Gordon v. U.S. Capitol Police: Retaliation and Interference with FMLA Rights A police officer who tried to get time off from work to help her cope with the suicide of her husband recently got a victory with decision from the...

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Benefits Discrimination
Family, Medical, and Other Leave Discrimination

Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) What happens when employers take away or deny your benefits? A significant perk of employment for many—besides the obvious paycheck—is the benefits package. This is often particularly true for pregnant women and caregivers who...

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Benefits discrimination Case Study
Family, Medical, and Other Leave Discrimination

In this case, an employer fired a woman because she had a baby who required expensive medical care. Thelma Fleming worked as a nurse practitioner for a nursing home, Covington Manor, three years before she gave birth to her first child. Her...

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