The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was developed to give eligible employees unpaid, job-protected leave to resolve specified medical or family issues. Even though the employee is not being paid while on FMLA, he or she has peace of mind knowing that his or her job will be available upon return. It is crucial to remember, however, that both employees and employers must meet certain criteria even before FMLA is an option.
It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If an employer retaliates or discriminates against a worker for taking approved family or medical leave, then the worker can bring a civil claim against the employer.