If you worked at least 1,250 hours in the past calendar year for the employer, you would typically be entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave under the FMLA. During this leave, this federal statute protects your job and prevents the employer from terminating you or otherwise retaliating against you for taking FMLA leave.
Because of this, I would immediately invoke your rights under the FMLA but requesting FMLA leave. The employer should provide you with an application, which should be supported by a note from your treating physician.
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