Understanding FMLA Protection and Getting the Right Help for a Dispute

The Family Medical Leave Act became law in 1993 to help protect families experiencing certain life events. A Providence FMLA disputes attorney can help if you feel you were denied protection under the law.

What the Law Protects

As your Providence FMLA disputes lawyer can explain, if you work for an employer with at least 50 employees, you may qualify to take a leave from work if certain life events occur. You must also have worked for the same employer a minimum of 1,250 hours during the course of the twelve months prior to the life event or leave request occurring. These events include the birth or adoption of a child, your own serious illness or that of a loved one for which you provide care. In general, you may be permitted to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave to deal with these situations. Your Providence FMLA disputes lawyer can review your case and help you understand your options.

If Your Employer Denies Leave

As your Providence FMLA disputes attorney can discuss, your employer may not terminate you if you qualify for leave under the Act. If you take leave under the Act and either lose your job or are denied promotion or experience another job detriment, contact a Providence FMLA disputes attorney as soon as possible. Your Providence FMLA disputes attorney can represent you and help seek damages for violations of the act such as reinstatement, promotion, back pay, etc. The best way to avoid a dispute is to discuss your planned leave with your attorney in the beginning. However, if your employer refuses to allow you to return or does anything else you think violates the Act, the sooner you seek qualified legal counsel, the better.

It's important to get good legal counsel if you feel you were denied benefits under the Family Medical Leave Act. An experienced Providence FMLA disputes attorney at Robinson & Clapham can help. Call (401) 400-3841 or (401) 594-4365.