Denying leave to new parents may violate FMLA rights in New York

Having a child is often a joyous time in a person’s life. Because expanding a family is a considerable life change, many people need time away from work in order to care for their new children. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, workers should have the ability to take a certain amount of time off for such an event. However, some employers may violate workers’ FMLA rights by denying leave.

New York residents may be interested in such a situation that took place in another state. Reports stated that a former sales manager recently filed a claim against his former employer due to his belief that his FMLA rights were violated. Apparently, the man requested time off from work after his two children were born. However, his request was denied, and after filing a second request, he was dismissed from his position.

The man claims to have lost wages and benefits and suffered embarrassment due to the circumstances of the situation. He believes that his former employer interfered with his rights and retaliated against him for requesting leave. He hopes that a successful claim will allow him to obtain compensation for damages.

The FMLA is often important to employees as it protects their jobs while they take needed and qualifying time off. When a situation such as this one arises in which an employer unjustly denies leave, individuals may not know how to handle the problem. In some cases, taking legal action may be worthwhile, and New York residents facing such a predicament may wish to find out more information on their options.

Source:, “Former worker accuses Off Lease Only of wrongful termination,” Noddy A. Fernandez, Nov. 2, 2017

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