Leave of Absence Lawyer

Did your boss deny you a leave of absence for your medical condition or pregnancy? Or were you granted your leave, but upon returning to work, feel like you are now being punished for taking it? Our attorneys represent employees who were either denied their leave, discriminated for taking it, or were retaliated against. If something like this has happened to you, it is important to contact a lawyer immediately.

Sadly, this happens all the time at companies in California.  In response to such abuse, California created numerous leave of absence laws that companies must comply with. Moreover, California bars discrimination against an employee who takes a leave. As a result, California has some of the most employee friendly leave of absence laws in the Country.

Leave of Absence Attorneys in California

In general, an employee can take a leave of absence for up to 12 weeks for serious health conditions, to bond with a child, or to care for a child, parent, or other family member with a serious health condition. Employees can also use any sick time they’ve saved up to take time off to care for a family member or domestic partner. If an employer fires an employee who attempts to take a leave of absence under the terms of Family Medical Leave Act or California Family Rights Act, they can be held financially liable for damages as a result.

California permits employees (working for a qualified employer) to take a leave of absence for the following reasons:
  • Pregnancy
  • Serious health condition
  • Disability
  • A child, parent, or other family member’s serious health condition
  • Military service
  • Jury duty
  • Witness testimony
  • Volunteer firefighter/reserve police officer/emergency rescue personnel service
  • Alcohol and drug rehabilitation
  • Voting
  • Activities attributable to being a victim of domestic violence
  • Activities attributable to being a crime victim
  • Organ and bone marrow donation

This list is only the beginning. There are more reasons why an employee can take a leave of absence.

If you have been denied a leave of absence, or are now being discriminated against because you requested leave or took your leave, contact our attorneys immediately. While our office is located in Orange County, we serve clients throughout California.