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May 2013 Archives

Lawsuit filed by mother who was denied FMLA and fired

The Family Medical Leave Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Under FMLA's provisions, eligible employees are allowed to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn child or sick child, spouse or parent. Prior to the enaction of FMLA, many American workers were left with the impossible decision of keeping their job or caring for a loved one.

Wet Seal settles racial discrimination lawsuit for $7.5M

In the fashion world, image is often everything. Clothing designers and clothing companies often strive to achieve a certain desired look in an attempt to cater to a desired clientile. In some cases, however, a company's attempts to potray a certain image may serve to alienate potential clients or be deemed outright discriminatory.

Woman accuses employer of promoting culture of discrimination

Federal law requires businesses who employ 50 or more people to abide by the terms of the Family Medical Leave Act. Signed into law by President Clinton in 1993, FMLA provides job protection and unpaid leave of up to 12 weeks to employees going through specific family oriented situations.

Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace still rampant

In years past, most women did not work outside of the home. As such, workplaces were not required to accommodate women in the event they became pregnant. For years, as more and more women entered the workplace, many suffered discrimination, especially if they became pregnant. Today, state and federal laws exist to protect women from suffering pregnancy discrimination. Despite these laws, however, some employers continue to actively engage in discrimination against pregnant women.

Woman files lawsuit alleging discrimination under FMLA

The Family Medical Leave Act was passed into law to protect employees in the event of a medical emergency. Under the terms of FMLA, an employee is able to legally retain their position while taking up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off. While FMLA is commonly associated with maternity leave, employees may also take leave under FMLA when dealing with an illness, family tragedy or ailing loved one.

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