If your employer denied you the right to take maternity or disability leave, or if you have received unfair workplace retaliation from your employer due to taking leave, you may have a discrimination claim against your employer. Maternity leave and disability leave are important issues for any employee. Both Texas employment law and federal law gives employees certain rights regarding maternity and disability leave. Most employees do not have the right to extensive amounts of fully paid maternity or disability leave. However, many employees can take at least some amount of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If your right to leave has been denied, schedule a consultation with maternity leave attorney Dan A. Atkerson in Allen, TX, and review your legal options.
Disability and Maternity Leave under the Family Medical Leave Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal law. It provides employees with certain rights to both pregnancy and medical leave. Under FMLA guidelines, covered employers must provide workers with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for pregnancy, childbirth, serious medical conditions, and illnesses in immediate family members.
Not all employers are subject to the Family and Medical Leave Act.
FMLA does provide many employees with at least some time off for pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions. North Texas employers are also free to provide employees with additional benefits beyond those included in FMLA guidelines.