Working full time in the United States means employees are entitled to certain benefits on top of pay. One of these benefits, the Family and Medical Leave Act, entitles eligible employees an extended time off from work if they have a medical condition that requires extensive care. This state has its own version, called the California Family Rights Act. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for workers in this state and across the country to face retaliation for taking advantage of these protections. A man in another state allegedly faced retaliation for using medical leave, and he has filed a lawsuit.
The man is a former CEO of an airport in another state. The lawsuit claims that the man faced retaliation for taking time off to recover from a surgical procedure. According to the plaintiff, he required liver transplant surgery and was granted medical leave.
Allegedly, after returning from medical leave, the man was terminated from his position. The man claims he was never given an explanation for his firing or the required notice and also says he was not given the chance to retain his position. He accuses his former employer of retaliation and denying his FMLA benefits, as well as violating his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Facing a retaliatory act in any setting can be a difficult thing to experience. When retaliation happens at work, the experience can be especially difficult as it can directly affect the victim's livelihood and well-being. Those in California that have faced retaliation in the workplace can benefit by consulting an attorney experienced in employment law. A successfully litigated lawsuit could provide victims with financial relief as well as a sense of justice.
Source: wkrn.com, "Ex-CEO of BNA files wrongful termination lawsuit against airport authority", Dec. 4, 2017