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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Is it Legal to Fire an Employee after He Requests Medical Disability Leave?

​Many State and Federal laws cover whether if it is legal for an employer to fire an employee who is out of work due to medical reasons. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows employees who are covered under the statute to have 12 weeks of unpaid sick/disability leave if they work for a covered employer. Whether or not the employer is one who must adhere to the FMLA, a “covered employer”, is dependent on a number of statutory factors including the number of employees. Even if the employer is a covered employer, not all employees who work for the employer and go out on medical leave, are “covered” employees who would otherwise be entitled to the 12 weeks of leave. But even if the FMLA does not apply in the case of an individual employee, there are other laws that might apply.


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Employment Discrimination Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

What are my rights as a disabled worker?

It used to be the case that employers could discriminate against a potential or current employee due to a disability.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990 and various state laws enacted thereafter have outlawed this practice.  

If you are disabled you may qualify for protections under the ADA and similar state laws.  Certain types of long-term disabilities make one eligible for this protection.  Under the ADA a disability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity including a major bodily function.


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