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Los Angeles Medical Leave Attorney

In California, no employer can deny a qualified employee medical leave within the boundaries of the law. Also, employers cannot retaliate against employees who utilize their legal rights to medical leave. Understanding your medical leave rights as a worker in Los Angeles is an important step toward protecting them – and toward seeking appropriate remedies from an employer who infringed upon your rights or unlawfully retaliated against you. For help with these types of claims in LA, our attorneys can help.

Clients choose The Law Office of Omid Nosrati because we have experience, commitment to clients, and a reputation for trustworthy legal services in Southern California. Our team is 100% dedicated to employees in California. We do not represent employers. We sympathize with the plights of California’s wronged workers and want to help give voices to employees who otherwise would stay silent about wrongdoings and injustices – including medical leave violations or retaliation. Learn why clients choose us, and fellow attorneys recommend us for all types of employment law claims in Los Angeles.

Medical Leave Laws in California

California has multiple laws in place regarding employees’ rights to take medical leave. These include the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) law. Different laws will apply to you depending on your medical condition, status as an employee, and the size of the company that employs you. In general, these are the rights of employees to take medical leave in California:

  • Employees can take unpaid medical leaves of up to 12 weeks to care for their own health problems or to care for family members with serious health conditions, without fear of losing their jobs or facing other punishments.
  • To qualify for medical leave, an employee must work at a location (or within 75 miles of a location) with at least 50 employees. Employees must have worked for the employer for at least 12 months, and at least 1,250 hours within the 12 months.
  • Acceptable reasons for taking medical leave include seeking care for pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; caring for an ill or injured spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent; and taking care of serious medical conditions that prevent the employee from working.

It is every employer’s duty to be aware of the laws that apply to his or her employees in California. Employers must comply with all federal and state requirements. Under no circumstance is it legal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for taking medical leave. If you’re in a situation in which an employer is denying you medical leave or penalizing you for taking it, speak to one of our attorneys. You could be eligible for compensation for your lost wages, back pay, wrongful termination, emotional distress, attorney’s fees, and other losses. Talk to a Los Angeles employment lawyer today for more information.