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FMLA violations could affect Texas workers

When employees suffer from medical conditions, they may need time away from work. Certain absences may qualify for coverage under the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA. This federal law requires employers to provide unpaid leave for such qualifying instances and protect workers from losing their jobs due to such leave. However, there may be instances in which employers violate this act. There is no corresponding state FMLA law in Texas.

In another state, a woman who had worked at a call center for a cell phone carrier says she took leave from work due to a serious medical conditions. The woman claims that this leave qualified for protection under the FMLA, but she was apparently terminated from her job during her leave. She was later rehired but then fired again within a week. 

The woman filed a claim against the company as she believes she was retaliated against for taking leave. Thus, she claims that her federally-protected leave was interfered with by the company. She also claims there was no other valid reason for her termination. She is seeking undisclosed damages and legal costs.

If Texas residents face similar circumstances and believe that their employers are in violation of the FMLA, they may also have reason to take legal action. Information on filing claims against employers may help interested parties determine whether they would like to pursue such a course of action. Experienced attorneys are available if those individuals would like assistance with their cases and/or to gain reliable insight into the process. 

Source:, "T-Mobile USA call center employee alleges she was terminated for taking FMLA leave", Jenie Mallari-Torres, Nov. 9, 2017

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