You may be on the verge of a dramatic change in your life if you are expecting a baby or are adopting a child. Dealing with an illness in your family could also be life-changing. The California Family Rights Act and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are designed to help make life changes a little easier. If you qualify, you can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave annually to deal with life-changing situations.

Experienced in Taking Action Against FMLA Discrimination

At Calderone Law Firm, our El Segundo FMLA lawyers are committed to protecting employees' rights in Los Angeles County. Our founding attorney Vincent Calderone has more than 20 years of experience handling employment law claims. We know the law and can help you take action, if your employer refused to grant you unpaid leave for the birth of your baby, the adoption of your child or to deal with a family illness. Contact our FMLA lawyers for a free initial consultation. We can help you understand if you are protected under FMLA and will take aggressive action if your rights have been violated.

What Is Covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act?

A life change can have long-term implications. To help you deal with the road ahead, you may be able to take unpaid time off from work. Our FMLA lawyers can advise El Segundo residents on their options under state and federal laws. The California Family Rights Act and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may allow you to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the following reasons:

  • For a surgical procedure or to deal with an illness
  • To care for a spouse, child or parent who is sick
  • For the birth or adoption of your child
  • To spend time with a foster child recently placed in your home

To qualify, you must be employed at your job for at least a year. Private and public employers are responsible to provide FMLA leave, if they have 50 or more employees working for them. Our El Segundo FMLA attorneys are highly aware of the parameters employers are responsible to follow. We can help you understand your rights and will take every measure possible to enforce them.

Was Your Claim Denied? We Can Help You Take Action

Employers in California know the law, but not everyone follows it. If your company has refused to allow you to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a legitimate FMLA reason, we can help assert your rights. We have also been highly successful in pursuing workplace discrimination claims for employees who were not given their job back after taking FMLA leave. If you were given a demotion in title or pay, this may also be considered discrimination. You may fear pursuing a claim against your employer, thinking you could be retaliated against. However, this is illegal. We have what it takes to fight back against wrongful termination or FMLA discrimination concerns.

Contact an FMLA Attorney in El Segundo

If you believe you were wrongfully denied FMLA leave, contact our law firm for a free initial consultation. Your employer will likely try to mitigate its exposure to risk with the help of an experienced employment law defense lawyer. We have extensive employment law experience and can help level the playing field in your favor.