Tallahassee FMLA Attorney

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Until relatively recently, workers who wanted to take time off to handle personal or family medical issues had to rely on their employer’s willingness to provide or authorize leave. However, in the early 1990s, Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, a law granting workers of certain employers the right to unpaid, job-protected leave for certain purposes. These include seeking treatment for serious medical conditions or caring for family members suffering from severe ailments.

But some employers refuse requests for leave or take adverse employment action against their employees for requesting or taking protected leave. If this has happened to you, turn to a Tallahassee FMLA lawyer from Cruz Law Firm, P.A., for help protecting your rights.

The attorneys at our firm have seen some of the most challenging employment matters over our decade in practice. We have earned ourselves a reputation for fighting tirelessly for our clients’ interests as long as needed — a reputation bolstered by the more than 100 cases we’ve taken to trial before juries at the state and federal levels. Our work in the courtroom has made us intimately familiar with the court system and how we can use it to our clients’ advantage. When you work with our firm, you can feel confident knowing that your attorneys have the knowledge and skill to fight for your rights, whether at the negotiating table or at trial.

Cruz Law could help you obtain FMLA leave from your employer or pursue financial recovery and legal relief if you were wrongly denied leave or retaliated against for taking leave. Contact us today for an initial claim review with a Tallahassee FMLA lawyer and get your questions answered.

What Is the FMLA?

The FMLA is a federal statute that grants eligible employees of covered employers unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. Employees who take FMLA leave may return to work at the end of their leave without penalty. Although employers must provide workers with unpaid leave, they can require employees to use their accrued paid time off when taking FMLA leave. The law ensures that workers can address serious personal medical or family emergencies without worrying about losing their job and employment benefits for taking time off work.

The law also prohibits employers from retaliating against workers who inquire about or assert their rights under the law or request or take leave. Employees subjected to retaliation for exercising their FMLA rights may be entitled to pursue a claim against their employer for financial and legal relief.

How Can You Qualify for FMLA Leave?

Employees qualify for FMLA leave when they work for an employer with at least 50 employees within a 75-mile radius of the eligible employee’s workplace. Employees may take FMLA leave once they have worked for their employer for at least 12 months and have worked at least 1,250 hours in the past 12 months.

What Are Common Reasons to Take FMLA Leave?

Permitted reasons for taking FMLA leave include the following: