A nurse formerly employed by Kaiser Permanente Medical Group is suing the California system for discrimination and retaliation for taking protected medical leave. Kirandeep Kaur had taken approved time off to help her mother recover from hip replacement surgery -leave that is protected under both the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).
Many fathers take family leave in order to spend time bonding with their newborn daughters and sons. Others may separately take medical leave in order to take care of a sick relative. In a recent case, the two rationales for taking time off from work became merged.
Upon the birth of a baby daughter or son, working fathers and mothers want and deserve time to bond with their newborn infant. The early months after birth are a critical time to establish emotional connections between parents and babies, and parents shouldn't have to sacrifice that time in order to protect their jobs. However, many parents aren't getting the family leave they need.