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Oak Lawn FMLA Lawyer

Oak Lawn FMLA Lawyer

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) provides covered employees with the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off work to attend to personal and family needs like the birth of a baby or to recover from an illness. The law also guarantees that employees who take this time off can return to their prior positions or substantially similar ones once the 12 weeks are over.

Denying an employee his or her FMLA rights can cause that employee to suffer substantial economic losses. These include missed wages, lost employment benefits, and the mental stress of having to find a new job after being terminated. If your FMLA rights were violated, you can pursue a settlement to compensate you for your damages with the aid of our Oak Lawn FMLA Lawyer.

Who is Covered by FMLA?

The FMLA covers employees who meet the following criteria:

  • Have worked for their current employers for 12 months or longer;
  • During those 12 months, the employees worked 1,250 hours or more; and
  • The employees’ companies have 50 or more employees working within the surrounding 75-mile radius.

What Does FMLA Guarantee?

Under the FMLA, a covered employee can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off during each 12-month period during which he or she qualifies. During these 12 weeks off, the employee is entitled to receive the same employment benefits he or she received while working. An employee can take time off for:

  • The birth or adoption of a child;
  • Military-related needs;
  • To care for an ill member of his or her immediate family;
  • To recover from his or her own illness.

Exercising Your FMLA Rights

Sometimes, employees are denied their FMLA rights by being misclassified as independent contractors. In other cases, they are denied through outright refusal to grant the employee the benefits or by firing the employee before he or she actually takes time off. All of these circumstances are illegal, and all of them can be resolved with the aid of an experienced employment lawyer.

Before bringing your case to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), discuss it with your company’s Human Resources department to see if you can have the issue resolved internally. If not, discuss the possibility of filing a claim with the EEOC to pursue compensation for your related losses. Your lawyer can help you prepare and pursue your claim.

Work With an Experienced Oak Lawn Employment Lawyer

If you are covered by FMLA, you have the right to enjoy the benefits it provides. Do not allow an employer to guilt you out of exercising your rights or even flat-out deny them. If you feel your FMLA rights have been violated, discuss your case with our experienced Oak Lawn FMLA Lawyers to determine the most effective way to pursue compensation for the losses you suffered as a result. Contact the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline today to schedule your initial legal consultation.