Violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires employers with 50 or more employees to offer as much as 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a single 12-month period to eligible employees who need time away from work to tend to family medical situations. These include:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Adoption
  • Care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition
  • The employee's own serious health condition

If you have been denied taking extended time away from work for any of these reasons, or if you took time away from work and suffered discrimination as a result, The Law Office of Robert W. Bauer, P.A., in Gainesville will help you defend your rights. Attorney Robert W. Bauer has practiced law since 2004 and has represented employees in a number of discrimination lawsuits.

We accept all employee discrimination law cases for plaintiffs on a contingency basis. If we agree to represent you, you will not pay attorney fees unless we obtain a financial recovery for you. Contact us to discuss your rights under federal and Florida laws.

Who Qualifies For FMLA Benefits?

Not all workers qualify for FMLA benefits. Private sector businesses and nonprofit organizations with 50 or more employees must follow FMLA guidelines. All public sector workers are covered, whether they work for a local, state or federal entity.

In addition, employees must have worked for their employer for at least one year and logged 1,250 hours or more during the previous 12 months to be eligible. Under FMLA guidelines, a person may take a few hours away from work as needed or take up to 12 weeks in a single 12-month period.

Employees are assured of getting the same or equivalent position back upon returning from FMLA leave along with the same salary and benefits. An employer that discriminates against an employee for requesting or taking FMLA leave may be liable for financial penalties above and beyond any standard compensation.

FMLA guidelines also stipulate that an employer must continue to make health insurance benefits available to any employee for the duration of an FMLA leave.

Contact The Law Office of Robert W. Bauer, P.A.

If you have an FMLA dispute, it is important to put an experienced employment law attorney in your corner. Call 352-260-0207 or 866-974-2196 to schedule a consultation.