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Violations of FMLA are unjust in Texas, may spark legal action

Many Texas residents must deal with illnesses on a daily basis. Unfortunately, having a chronic illness or needing to care for a family member with a chronic health condition can make performing necessary daily tasks difficult. In many cases, individuals may even need time away from their jobs in order to attend to the health issues properly. The Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, acts as protection for those workers. 

Though the act enables qualifying individuals to take needed time off of work, some employees may face backlash when trying to use their leave. One woman in another state recently faced such issues. Reports stated that due to an abdominal aortic aneurysm that needed surgery, the woman applied for leave in order to address her health issues. 

After applying for leave, however, the woman was fired from her position at a dentist office. She believes that her employers violated her rights under the leave act and dismissed her from her job as a form of retaliation. As a result, she filed a lawsuit against two defendants. She is hoping that a successful case will allow her to collect compensation for resulting damages.

The FMLA can act as a vital safeguard for individuals struggling with health issues who need to maintain their jobs. Therefore, taking legal action against employers who violate these rights may be a prudent step for negatively affected Texas residents. In order to explore this potential option further, interested parties may wish to seek advice from experienced employment law attorneys.

Source:, "Woman claims Ocoee employers wrongfully terminated her", Jenie Mallari-Torres, March 3, 2017

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