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    All of us struggle to balance our employment obligations with the needs of our families. When push comes to shove, however, we often sacrifice time with our families to satisfy our employer’s demands. Indeed, according to a recent article published by the World Economic Forum, Americans consistently work longer hours than employees in most developed nations in the world.

    Sooner or later, life throws a curve ball at each one of us and we’re temporarily unable to work as efficiently as we did in the past. In some cases, we’re unable to work at all. Sometimes, these changes are exciting, such as pregnancy, childbirth, an adoption, or foster care placement. In other cases, the changes are devastating, such as the illness or death of a child, spouse, or loved one. One thing is certain – employees deserve a well-earned break during these challenging times.

    What is the FMLA?

    The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was implemented to provide job security to hard-working employees who desire to raise families or take time off for illness-related situations. The Act permits eligible employees to take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for pregnancy, care of a newborn or adopted child, or a serious health condition of the employee themselves or family member. This leave can be taken all at once, or intermittently. Once employees return from leave, they are entitled to have their job and benefits restored.

    Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Can Help

    Unfortunately, many employers are hostile towards employees that take FMLA leave. Many employees report the following types of adverse actions once they return from FMLA leave:

    • Job termination or demotion
    • Wage cuts
    • Loss of seniority
    • Ineligibility for a promotion that you’re otherwise qualified for
    • Diversion to “mommy” tenure track
    • Mountains of additional work that is assigned to persuade you to resign

    Some employers even lead their employees to believe they’re not covered by the Act when they are actually covered by the FMLA.

    If your employer is discriminating or retaliating against you because you took maternity/paternity leave, or medical leave to care for yourself or a loved one, we urge you to contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. Our attorneys have successfully fought for the rights of American workers for over three decades. We can help you recover the compensation you deserve, including:

    • Lost back pay – This covers wages, salary, or benefits that you lost as a result of your employer’s illegal behavior.
    • Lost front pay – In some cases, your employer’s actions will inhibit your ability to compete for similar future jobs. Front pay can help cover your wages, salary, or benefits while you try to obtain a new job.
    • Liquidated damages – These are available when your employer acted in bad faith, as opposed to making an honest mistake. Liquidated damages are equal to the amount of back and front pay.

    In addition to the above, attorneys’ fees and costs can also usually be recovered.

    Call us today at (404) 419-6674, or reach out through our online contact form to schedule a free, initial case consultation.

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