An employer's continued push for productivity and cost reduction sometimes bleeds into a worker's personal life — and workers sometimes end up faced with a choice: Sacrifice their personal lives and well-being or sacrifice their job.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), signed into law on Feb. 5, 1993, was designed to protect workers from having to make this difficult choice, particularly when they have personal family or medical issues to address at home. FMLA basically says that workers have the right to a certain level of job protection when they need to take unpaid time off work because of:

  • The need to care for a sick family member
  • The need to care for a new child following birth, adoption or foster care placement
  • The need to personally recover from a serious illness or injury
  • The need to care for an injured service member in the family
  • The need to handle duties that arise out of one's own deployment or service obligations

How Employers Get Away With FMLA Violations

In short, many employers either do not fully understand their obligations under employment law and FMLA or they count on the fact that employees will not assert their rights under the law. Your rights matter, and you should not have to struggle with your employer when you have upheld your obligations as an employee.

Contact the attorneys at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, with offices in Chicago and Geneva, if you have faced an FMLA violation such as:

  • Having group health insurance benefits denied during leave, including employer premium contributions
  • Having benefits eliminated or not reinstated when returning from leave
  • Having your job unavailable when you return to work or an employer failing to provide a comparable alternative position for you when you return
  • Having your job threatened by way of retaliation (hostile work environment, wrongful termination) when you bring up FMLA violation issues
  • Having intermittent need for leave denied, such as time for doctor's appointments, treatment for chronic conditions or flexibility for temporary periods of incapacity (as with morning sickness or other ongoing issues)

Contact Our Skilled Employment Lawyers

You deserve to have your rights protected under FMLA. Our experienced legal team is here to make sure you get the best representation possible. Contact us online or by telephone at 630-232-7450. We handle cases throughout the Chicagoland area and have an office in Geneva, Illinois.