Many Texas residents may face circumstances that present the need for time away from work. In many instances, the federal Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, allows for individuals to take extended time off of work for applicable reasons without facing negative repercussions. However, some individuals may have their rights provided by this law violated by employers, and as a result, they could face considerable setbacks.
One man in another state is currently taking legal action against his former employer for violations of the FMLA and other unfair acts. Reports stated that the man's wife had been diagnosed with brain cancer, and in order to receive treatment, she needed to go out of state. The man requested time away from work under the FMLA, but his leave was denied by his employer. The man was apparently told that the FMLA did not apply to the company, but that claim was reportedly untrue.
As a result, the man was forced to use vacation and sick leave in order to be with his wife. It was also reported that while the man was away, overtime hours that he had previously worked were applied to his leave, and this action resulted in his not being paid overtime compensation. He was later forced to leave his position. The man has filed a lawsuit against the company in hopes of gaining compensation.
Violations of the FMLA can put workers in a difficult position. They may either have to continue working during times of illness or, as with this man's case, they may be forced to use sick days and vacation time. If Texas residents believe that they have had their rights under FMLA violated, they may wish to find out more information on their possible legal options.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Man sues Greenbrier Minerals for FMLA violations", Kyla Asbury, Jan. 11, 2017