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Another reason to handle with care after FMLA: Bosses could be held personally liable

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Employers that are covered by the FMLA have no choice: They must let eligible employees take FMLA leave. That’s true even if it’s inconvenient and downright disruptive. FMLA leave is an entitlement and interfering with that leave or punishing a leave taker will backfire.

It may even mean personal liability for a manager who decides to punish an employee with an adverse action like termination or demotion.

Recent case: Robert worked as an anesthesiologist on yearly contracts with the Veterans Administration. The hospital where he was assigned was often short of anesthesiologists and frequently had to cancel scheduled surgeries if one called in sick.

When Robert was promoted to chief anesthesiologist, his supervisor was Scott, another medical doctor. Robert got regular raises and good reviews, although he did have trouble finding anesthesiologists to hire and managing scheduling due to the acute shortages.

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