Discrimination for taking family leave

Not one person in Wisconsin goes through their entire life without having to take leave from their place of employment for various reasons. This could include a personal medical issue or another situation relating to a close family member or child. When the time comes for you to ask your employer for leave, you might be intimidated by the fear of resentment from your employer because you needed to be away from work. Discrimination for taking leave is all too common, but your right to care for yourself and your family is protected through the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Family and Medical Leave Act requires your employer and every other employer in the United States to grant you medical leave in circumstances where it is necessary. This could include a serious illness, pregnancy or birth and even situations involving children or a spouse. Not only doe the act require that your place of employment give you this leave, it also requires that they grant leave with no strings attached. It is unlawful for your employer to retaliate or discriminate against you for needing to take leave away from work.

If you are in a situation where it is necessary to take family or medical leave and you find that you have been fired, passed up for a promotion, had wages or benefits cut or became the brunt of any other retaliation, you could be facing a discrimination situation. If you have additional questions regarding discrimination in the workplace, speaking to an experienced attorney could be beneficial.


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