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Make sure medical leave requests funnel through HR

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Elizabeth took intermittent leave after hurting her back in an auto accident. Eventually, her boss told her she wouldn’t get a raise for poor attendance. She had an anxiety attack, landed in the hospital and was terminated upon her return. Elizabeth sued. The court sent the case to trial, saying the supervisor couldn’t bypass medical leave rules that required reasonable accommodations and intermittent leave. (Rizzio v. Work World America, ED CA)

The lesson: Don’t let supervisors handle employees’ requests for medical leave informally—make sure all such requests come through the HR department. When bosses make up their own rules, inconsistencies will trip you up.

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