Ohio workers, like all others across the country, are protected under state and federal employment law policies. In addition to being safeguarded against illegal forms of discrimination in the workplace, employees also have the right to take time off of work under some circumstances without fear of retaliation from their employers. One company may soon be confronted with employment litigation now that a federal agency is accusing the employer of violating one worker’s FMLA rights.
The incident that resulted in the U. S. Department of Labor filing complaints against the employer in question occurred in April of this year. The female employee at the heart of the case was allegedly physically and financially responsible for her 12-year-old niece at the time and requested an unpaid leave of absence to care for the child, who was seriously ill. The woman was ultimately fired from her position, however, when her request was denied and she was forced to take the time off of work without permission.