Denial of Medical Leave
When you become seriously ill or experience a significant life change, you may need to take time off of work. Under federal workplace guidelines, employees requiring medical time off have the right to leave work for up to 12 weeks per year under certain circumstances without fear of termination.
Unfortunately, some employers may not comply with the law and may deny legitimate requests for medical leave. If you feel your request for a medical leave of absence has been wrongly denied, contact the Austin labor lawyers of The Melton Law Firm, at 512-330-0017 today.
Conditions for Medical Leave
Employees must show reasonable cause for requesting a medical leave. That is, an individual cannot take several weeks off of work for a minor medical reason, such as a cold. Rather, workers must have:
- A serious medical condition
- A loved one with a serious condition who requires care
- A newly-born child
- A newly-adopted child
When one of these conditions applies, employers are required to grant time off if certain background requirements are met. While this time off does not have to be paid, the individual requesting the time off must not have his or her employment terminated as a result of the medical leave, and the person cannot be demoted upon returning.
If your employer has treated you unfairly by either refusing to grant you a medical leave or by reducing your wages and benefits after returning from a medical leave, contact the Austin labor attorneys of The Melton Law Firm, at 512-330-0017 today.