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When FMLA leave is denied, damages can add up fast

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in FMLA Guidelines,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Management Training

Here’s a lesson to pass on to managers and supervisors: Employees who win FMLA lawsuits after being denied the right to take leave can end up with a large pot of gold at the end of the litigation—a pot that has to be filled by the company.

Recent case:
Melissa Brown claimed she was fired from her job with Nutrition Management Services because she was pregnant. She sued, charging she had been denied her right to take FMLA leave.

A jury agreed with her, awarding $74,000 in back pay after a seven-day trial.

But that wasn’t the end of the matter. The court more than doubled the jury award and added her attorneys’ fees and costs, for a total tab of $318,000. (Brown v. Nutrition Management Services, No. 06-2034, ED PA, 2009)

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JAMES D. PETERS April 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

DENIED FMLA AND FORCED TO RESIGN. I HAVE A LETTER FROM THE DOCTOR STATING THAT I NEED SOME TIME OFF AND SUPERVISOR STILL DENIED MY FMLA . I EVEN HACE AN EYWITNESS

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