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I am applying for FLMA as a result of my wife's eye surgery which rendered her unable to see for 4 days. The physician completed the form and the company my employer uses to review and determine validity as determined this is not enough. What is my recourse?

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you discussed this with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?

The manager claims no knowledge, the HR person is consistently unavailable. No I have not discussed it with a lawyer.

Lawyer's Assistant: Are you an "at will" employee? Do you belong to a union?

Ironically, I work for a hospital as a community outreach manager.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I am 71 years old

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Employment Law
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Thank you for trusting your question to JA today. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of law practice and over 20 years of experience in the legal field. I’m happy to be of assistance.

I would tell the employer that if they don't explain to you what they need, you will file a complaint with the Department of Labor for FMLA hindrance, which is a legal violation.

You have provided them FMLA paperwork from a medical professional. They need to explain why that isn't "enough" and tell you what is enough. It doesn't matter that they use an outside company for these things, they are legally liable.

Filing the complaint is a protected activity, meaning you can't be retaliated against for doing so. In fact, threatening to make the complaint is also a protected activity.

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