FMLA & Disability Accommodations
Life is unpredictable. Whether due to an illness, a sick spouse or the need to care for an elderly parent, it may become necessary to take time off from work to be there for your loved ones during their time of need. If your employer has retaliated against you for taking leave or requesting an accommodation for your disability, you can talk to our experienced team at Reisman & Reisman . We have helped hundreds of clients with these crucial issues in Southern California.
Your Rights Under The Family And Medical Leave Act Of 1993
FMLA comes in to play when an absence will cause you to exhaust your available paid time off such as vacation time, personal days or sick leave. FMLA requires employers to provide employees with job-protected, unpaid leave for medical and family reasons. Employees can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for reasons including:
- Caring for a new child (workers often supplement parental leave with FMLA)
- Caring for a seriously ill family member (such as an ailing parent)
- Recovering from a major illness or surgical procedure
To avoid creating a burden for small businesses, FMLA only applies to employers with more than 50 employees. Employees must have worked for their employer for at least the past 12 months and worked more than 1,250 hours over that time period in order to take FMLA leave.
Your Right To Disability Accommodations
State and federal laws provide employees with the right to receive reasonable accommodations for their disabilities to allow them to function effectively in the workplace. For example, if you are qualified for your job but need a modified desk to accommodate your wheelchair, that would be an example of a reasonable accommodation for your disability. If your employer denies to make a reasonable accommodation or wrongfully terminates you after requesting an accommodation, we can help you pursue a lawsuit for financial compensation.
Let Us Help You
At Reisman & Reisman, we’re equipped to answer your questions and work to vindicate your rights. Contact our Los Angeles office online or call 310-362-3905 to schedule a free consultation with our proven employment law attorneys. You’ll pay no fees until we win your case.