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I was on FMLA leave from the middle of November 2011 through

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I was on FMLA leave from the middle of November 2011 through the end of the year. As a result of being on FMLA leave, I missed a Board meeting in which I was supposed to lead a committee meeting. In my performance review for 2011, I was rated fairly low. One of the reasons my boss sited was that I had missed that Board meeting. Is that retailiation?
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The Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows "eligible" employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave in any 12 month period for the birth or adoption of a child, to care for a family member, or if the employee themselves has serious health condition.

An employee may not be adversely affected, legally demoted or terminated for use of FMLA. A low ranking for having missed a Board Meeting while on FMLA leave is an adverse action and is not permitted

You may file a complaint may be filed at any local office of the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor within 2 years of the violation

In addition you may file a lawsuit against your employer. You may be entitled to double damages.

I suggest that you retain local counsel. Here is a link to a free legal referrals site that may assist you: www.Martindale.com


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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Thank you for your answer. I have another question.

 

I was on FMLA due to General Anxiety Disorder and Severe depression. My doctor started treating me for this in June of 2011, but I continued to work. At times when I had severe anxiety attacks I had to leave the office and go home. What I am wondering is if FMLA protection can exist before the FMLA was actually requested?

 

My condition was building up during the full year of 2011, it reached a breaking point in November, which is when I too the 6 weeks off. However, I was effected by it long before I actually took FMLA leave.


FMLA protection is not available before the FMLA is actually requested.

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