FMLA Retaliation

The law protects workers who exercise their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Nevertheless, employers still engage in FMLA retaliation and take action against employees who exercise their legal rights.

For more than 35 years, the lawyers at the Law Office of Sivertson and Barrette, P.A., have been fighting for the rights of employees across the state of Minnesota. Many of the people we represent have been harassed or discriminated against after taking leave they were entitled to under FMLA.

Securing Justice For Employees — Both Inside And Outside Of The Courtroom

Both inside and outside of the courtroom, our St. Paul law firm has secured justice for clients who have been victims of retaliation in the workplace. We understand the tremendous emotional and financial impact retaliation can have on you and your loved ones, and we are here to help.

There are many ways employees can experience FMLA-related retaliation:

  • Wrongful termination (firing)
  • Demotion to a lesser position after FMLA leave
  • Having job duties substantially reduced or changed after returning to the workplace
  • Denial of FMLA leave the law permits, when denial causes harm

The Law On FMLA Retaliation

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles certain employees to a total of 12 workweeks of leave during any 12-month period for medical reasons, for the birth or adoption of a child (often referred to as maternity leave or pregnancy leave), and for the care of a child, husband, wife or parent who has a serious health condition.

Under the law, eligible employees who take this unpaid leave are entitled to be restored to their former positions or similar positions when they return to work. Still, not all employers follow the law. Many employees find themselves returning to a significantly changed job or find they no longer have jobs after taking leave.

If you feel your employer has violated the law, speak with us to determine if you have rights under the FMLA that have been violated. To schedule an entirely confidential initial consultation with St. Paul attorneys handling FMLA retaliation cases, please call 651-964-6301. You can also make an appointment by contacting our office online.