Los Angeles Wrongful Termination on Medical Leave
As an employee who takes medical leave, you have protected rights under California and federal law. Discharging you in retaliation for taking medical leave is illegal. If you have been terminated while on medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you may be able to file suit against your employer.
At The Bononi Law Group, LLP, we vigorously fight for the rights of California employees. If you've been wrongfully terminated while on medical leave, it's important to contact our Los Angeles medical leave termination lawyers. Contact our law office or call 800-641-5548 to speak with us.
Can I Be Fired or Terminated While on Medical Leave?
There are two answers to the question "Can my employer discharge me while I am on medical leave?"
Yes, you can be terminated while on medical leave if your employer has a business reason for doing so. That means that you may be discharged if the company is suffering from a stalled economy and must let a number of employees go. Medical leave doesn't protect you from normal layoffs that occur in the course of business because it doesn't provide greater job protection than that offered to other employees.
However, you cannot be fired for taking medical leave or for requesting medical leave for a pregnancy, disability or illness. That's a form of retaliatory discharge and you may have the right to sue for wrongful termination.
Employers are also required by state and federal law to accommodate your medical leave in many ways upon your return, including:
- Maintaining promotion opportunities
- Maintaining pay and compensation
- Retaining bonus opportunities
Retaliation against you for taking medical leave can be in the form of a demotion, termination or denied bonus or promotion. These are all illegal actions in response to a request for or an actual medical or disability absence.
Medical Leave Lawyers Can Help— Contact Us
Distinguishing whether your employer wrongfully discharged you due to medical leave is a matter that is best left up to experienced medical leave attorneys. Our Los Angeles employment law attorneys at The Bononi Law Group, LLP, have handled hundreds of cases for employees and will be able to assess your wrongful discharge for medical leave claim.
Contact our California law office today or call 800-641-5548 to speak to our experienced legal team about your rights.