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May 2014 Archives

Employee claims company violated Family and Medical Leave Act

Imagine temporarily leaving a job for multiple weeks to tend to a sick family member and then returning to work, only to find out that one’s job no longer exists. This can be frustrating and scary for a worker in Wisconsin who depends on that job to live -- and it also may be illegal under the Family and Medical Leave Act. One woman recently said she experienced this type of treatment and has filed a lawsuit against her employer as a result.

Financially preparing for unpaid leave is wise in Wisconsin

When people think about planning for emergencies in Wisconsin, the types of emergencies that often come to mind include falling ill or getting into a car wreck. However, sometimes an emergency happens to a loved one instead of to oneself, and a person ends up having to leave work for a while to take care of that family member. It’s wise to financially plan for any unexpected periods of unpaid leave, which can stretch as long as 12 weeks under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Family and Medical Leave Act helps pregnant women

When a person is expecting a baby, he or she naturally makes many preparations. The nursery has to be set up and decorated, the bottles must be purchased and the baby’s car seat must be installed. Still, one important preparation must be considered: to secure one’s employment situation during the period when one will be at home caring for and bonding with the new bundle of joy. The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, is designed to make sure that a woman’s job is protected in this case in Wisconsin.

Long-term disability helps both younger and older workers

People regularly go to work and come back home, rarely thinking about what would have if they ended up being disabled long-term. In these situations, long-term disability benefits are a must, and that goes for people both young and old. When one's disability claim is denied, a person might feel hopeless. However, he or she can fight for his or her disability compensation rights in Wisconsin.

Long-term disability insurance is like instantaneous savings

Even though most people prefer not to think about worst-case scenarios when it comes to their health, the truth is that illness can strike anyone at any time in Wisconsin. Long-term disability insurance can help people avoid worrying about their finances so that they can put more focus on becoming healthy again. However, finding out that an insurance company denied a claim can spark fear and desperation. With proper legal guidance, an individual can work to claim the benefits he or she initially was promised by the company in the case of disability.

Whistleblower suit filed against exotic wildcat sanctuary

A whistleblower lawsuit recently was filed by several people who previously worked at an exotic wildcat sanctuary. In this case in a neighboring state, the employees said they were terminated or pressured to resign after they brought word of illicit activities to the attention of the board of directors. Being disciplined by a company in Wisconsin for being a whistleblower is not lawful and is grounds for a civil claim against the employer.

Whistleblower files claim, will receive more than $400,000

Naturally, no one in Wisconsin likes to be "ratted on," but companies that engage in illegal activities can rightfully expect to be reported by a whistleblower who is willing to speak up about the wrongdoing. A recent whistleblower situation in another state revolves around a health company that allegedly was misdiagnosing patients on purpose. A former employee of the company filed a suit in this case, and the company recently agreed to settle the allegations by paying more than $2 million.

Former managers file whistleblower suits against eatery owner

A major owner of a franchise of grill restaurants was recently sued by previous managers who claimed they were retaliated against for being whistleblowers. In this out-of-state situation, the owner of the company, known as Muscle Maker Grill, is facing a minimum of two separate whistleblower suits. It is worth noting that the law protects whistleblowers in Wisconsin, as these individuals are willing to take on the personal risk of speaking up about potentially dangerous violations at their employers' organizations.

Whistleblower settles suit against employer, will receive million

A whistleblowing employee in another state will receive millions of dollars after her former employer was found to have retaliated against her. The situation revolves around a home health business that operates in more than 30 states in America. This type of whistleblower case may be of interest to employees in Wisconsin, as it involves alleged Medicare fraud, a problem which exists in all 50 states.

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