Most people depend on their jobs to support themselves and their families. However, if an employee develops a temporarily disabling condition, they should not have to worry about whether they will lose their job. Employees have the right to take medical leave under both federal and state law. At the Azadian Law Group, PC, we are ready to help if you have been terminated or retaliated against at work for taking your legally allowed medical leave. Let our Los Angeles paid disability leave attorney help you today.
Most people do not realize that there are certain situations in which they are allowed to take time off of work for medical and family reasons and not lose their jobs. Two laws protect workers in this state – the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).
Not all employers must comply with the FLMA. They only have to comply with the federal law if they have at least 50 employees for at least 20 weeks in the current or previous year. For workers to claim FLMA protections, they must have worked:
The CFRA is similar to the FMLA, but the employer requirements are slightly different. The employer must have 50 or more employees, but there is no week limit for that number of employees.
Under both the FMLA and the CFRA, workers are eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a 12-month period for the following:
If an employer fails to provide this time off for a disabled worker, they are breaking the law. The employer could face a lawsuit if they deny this time off. A person is eligible for unpaid leave for disability even if they do not specifically request time off under one or both of the laws mentioned. Many people do not make these requests in writing, either because they do not anticipate missing that much time away from work or because they are unaware of the existence of these laws.
If you or someone you care about has been denied access to legally allowed paid medical leave at work, you should consult with an experienced employment attorney as soon as possible. At the Azadian Law Group, PC, we are ready to help you get through this. Our goal is to secure the following: