When employees or their family members encounter serious health problems, they should be able to take the leave they need without having to worry about losing their jobs or their benefits. Likewise, parents should be able to take leave from their jobs in connection with the birth or adoption of a child without having to worry about how it might impact their job. Fortunately, the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) protects many employees in these situations. Unfortunately, the FMLA is one of the most frequently violated employment laws. Sometimes, the complexities of the FMLA cause employers to make mistakes for which employees may suffer dire consequences. In other cases, employers wrongly decide that it is simply too inconvenient to grant employees the leave to which they are entitled; or they decide to replace an employee while they are on leave. We help employees who suffer damages from these violations of the FMLA. We are experienced in litigating claims against employers who wrongfully terminate employees who request or take FMLA leave or who deny employees the leave to which they are entitled. Damages available under the FMLA include:
- Lost wages and compensation;
- Liquidated damages that essentially double actual losses;
- Even if you don’t have any lost wages, you’re still entitled to recover any other monetary losses you sustain due to the FMLA violation;
- Equitable relief, such as reinstatement to your job or a promotion; and
- Attorneys’ fees.
Call Ted Copetas (513-533-1103) or Dave Eberly (513-533-1151) for a confidential and free consultation.