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Protecting Employee Rights In Lakewood

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and its state counterpart, the California Family Rights Act, allow eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave per year for health and family reasons. All employers subject to the FMLA/CFRA must grant the requested leave, and it is unlawful for employers to terminate or otherwise discriminate against employees for taking the leave. While it has been over twenty years since these laws were enacted, many employers continue to violate FMLA/CFRA requirements and the protected leave rights of their employees. Our Lakewood medical and family leave attorneys firmly believe that employees should be able to take time off to care for loved ones or because of their own medical needs without suffering retaliation and provide skillful and effective representation to victims of unlawful conduct.

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Our employment attorneys have extensive experience helping employees successfully bring claims for violation of the FMLA and CFRA. If you feel that you were terminated or discriminated against for exercising your right to family or medical leave, contact the FMLA attorneys at Southern California Employment Law Group PC to discuss your potential case. Call us at (424) 688-1057 or email us using the form on this page for a free consultation.

Eligibility for
FMLA and CFRA Leave
The FMLA allows employees to take a total of 12 weeks off in a 12-month period for the following reasons: Eligible employees are defined as employees who have been at the job for at least one year and have worked at least 1,250 hours. The FMLA applies to all private-sector employers with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius. While an employer can legally ask for medical certification when the leave is requested, the employer cannot request that you sign a medical release/waiver.
When an employee has a serious health condition.
The birth of a child.
Caring for a newly adopted or fostered child.
To care for a spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition.
Termination and Discrimination
Upon Return to Work

While some employers fire the employee during his or her protected leave, other employers are more subtle and wait until after the employee returns to work before terminating him or her. Even in those circumstances, an employee may still prevail under the FMLA/CFRA if the termination decision can be tied to taking the leave and it can be convincingly argued that any other reason offered by the employer for the decision (such as poor performance or restructuring) is pretextual, i.e. untrue. 

Some other employers do not risk terminating the returning employee at all and instead find other ways to penalize him or her, such as a decrease in pay or reassignment to a less desirable location or department. Again, an employee may be able to prevail if these changes in the terms and conditions of employment can be connected to the FMLA/CFRA leave.

Examples of FMLA/CFRA Violations


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We are committed to standing up for the rights of all workers, whether blue or white-collar, and we are ready to put our extensive resources to work for you to help you get the compensation and justice you deserve if you have been wronged on the job. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Sexual Harassment

Harassment on the basis of a person's refusal to engage in sexual activity can take many forms, ranging from unwanted sexual advances to the denial of employment opportunities.

Whistleblower Retaliation

Whistleblowers are employees who report the unlawful actions of their employer to the proper authorities. Whistleblowers are legally protected from employer retaliation..


Were you illegally discriminated against at work based on your age, race, religion, or gender? Were you denied a promotion or fired based on these factors?

(FMLA) & Disability

We assist workers who have been mistreated because of their disabilities or denied leave under the FMLA. Meet with our attorneys today if you need help..

Wrongful Termination

We hold employers accountable who fire employees for illegitimate and illegal reasons. Contact us whether your employer created a hostile work environment or fired you..
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Lisa B.
From beginning to end the team at this firm were responsive, professional, and most of allCARING! I WILL RECOMMEND this firm to anyone having issues with an employer. Andrew Doroitt and his team are AWESOME!
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Chris M.
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