An Employment Law Firm Dedicated To Employees’ Rights
For most Americans, work demands a significant percentage of your time and energy. Yet challenges and milestones in your personal life may require extensive time away from work. How can you address those situations without fear of losing your job?
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was created to grant employees time off for important life events. If you qualify, you may be entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for situations such as pregnancy, adoption or illness. When you return to work, your employer must give you the same or a similar position.
At the Indianapolis law firm of Stephanie Jane Hahn, Attorney at Law PC, we help employees across Indiana enforce their rights under the FMLA. Drawing on 20 years of employment law experience, our lawyer will give you a realistic appraisal of your legal options.
Do You Qualify?
As an employee, you are entitled to leave under the FMLA if:
- Your employer has at least 50 employees.
- You have been employed by your current employer for at least a year.
- You worked at least 1,250 hours during the last 12 months of employment.
- You have a qualifying life event or illness, which can include the serious illness of a spouse, parent or child.
If you are entitled to leave, you don’t have to take 12 weeks all at once. You can spread out your leave in smaller stretches over the course of a year.
What If Your Employer Refuses To Grant You Leave?
Assuming you qualify for FMLA leave, if your employer does not offer FMLA as an option — or denies your leave after you’ve filled out the proper paperwork — it is time to contact a lawyer. Likewise, you should never have to suffer retaliation (such as a demotion or termination) for exercising your rights under the FMLA.