Leaves of Absence
St. Louis Employment Law Representation for Employees
In certain situations, employees are legally allowed to take a leave of absence from work. Many different laws govern an employee's rights when taking time off work, including laws relating to disability, pregnancy, family and medical leave, and workers' compensation. Issues presented by leaves of absence or other time off work are legally complicated and include how long the absence is allowed to last, if the leave is paid or unpaid, and whether the employer has to hold the employee's position open until they return. If you are being denied time off work, forced to quit, or fired from a position because of a leave of absence, then you may have a claim against your employer. Riggan Law Firm, LLC can assist you if you are taking a leave and have encountered any of the following employment law issues.
Accommodation of Disability
If an employee is considered disabled under the law, then the employer must provide the employee with a reasonable accommodation to complete his or her tasks. Such accommodation may require the employer to provide the employee with time off work. Employees are protected under federal law. If you have been harassed or denied a reasonable accommodation, you may have a claim against your employer.
Family and Medical Leave
Almost everyone has heard of maternity leave for mothers, but fathers are offered paternity leave and caregivers may be eligible to take time off to care for sick family members. Federal law allows certain employees to take time off work for family and medical reasons. To learn more, click here.
Leave for Military Personnel and Caregivers
Military personnel are protected from losing their positions of civilian employment if they are called for active service. Service members are protected from termination and must be returned to their positions of employment upon return from service. Similarly, people acting as caregivers for service members with serious illness or injury incurred in the line of duty who are on the temporary disability retired list may qualify for a leave of absence under federal law.
If you have been wrongfully retaliated against because of a leave of absence or feel that you have been wronged, harassed or discriminated against, then you need to contact an attorney right away to retain trusted legal counsel.
Working with Riggan Law Firm, LLC
At Riggan Law Firm, the attorneys are highly experienced and trusted in their ability to assist clients in the St. Louis area with obtaining favorable outcomes for their employment law concerns. If you have questions about your particular situation, you should contact the firm as soon as possible.