Posts Tagged ‘FMLA’
Friday, December 14th, 2012
Year-end holiday season is a risky time for bullied targets. Terminations are common. But highly stressed workers asking their employers for solutions (e.g., get me to safety) are also exploited. Employers, through HR reps, give bad advice. Employers tell bullied employees to do one of two things: (1) file a workers compensation claim, or (2) take FMLA leave time.
Both options favor the employer and not bullied targets. There is an alternative.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
Another , Let’s Talk with Kalola, where targets can share their experiences with WBI’s blog readers. Here we go!(more…)
Friday, May 15th, 2009
U.S. Emotional Distress Case Draws Record $11.65 Million Jury Award
Associated FMLA Violation by Employer
by Dee McAree
The National Law Journal
A case in which an employee charged that he was retaliated against for taking time off under the Family Medical Leave Act to care for his aging parents has triggered an $11.65 million award.
The recent Chicago verdict — one of the largest won under FMLA — is just one of many that employment lawyers say they expect to see as baby boomers are faced with the predicament of caring for aging parents. In 1998, Chris Schultz, a 25-year veteran employee of Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., was the esteemed “MVP Employee” with his picture hanging in the hospital lobby.
But two years later, he was out of a job. Lawyers for the 45-year-old Schultz sued the hospital in Schultz v. Advocate Health, No. 01C-0702 (N.D. Ill. June 5, 2002), claiming that he was unfairly penalized for taking time off to care for his aging parents.
Schultz, who worked in maintenance, was entitled to take 12 weeks intermittently over the course of a year after his request for family medical leave was granted in 2000. (more…)