Florida Maternity & Paternity Leave Rights

The birth of a child can be an overwhelming time for many parents, requiring a great amount of attention and months of sleepless nights. Many parents, both mothers and fathers, wish to stay home with the new child during those early months to spend time with their new addition. For some parents, the demands of a job can be too much on top of the tasks of a new parent.

The federal Family Medical Leave Act allows individuals to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave within a year for certain medical circumstances. The birth of a child is one of the most common uses of FMLA.

Protecting Your Florida Maternity and Paternity Leave Rights

While this is an exciting time for new parents, employers are sometimes less than thrilled at the idea of losing their employee for a significant period of time. This can result in the employee being intimidated into taking less time or outright denied the time that he or she is owed with the threat of being terminated. In other cases, pregnant women are fired because the employer knows that she will soon be taking maternity leave.

Under federal and Florida law, this is considered discrimination. Retaliation for taking FMLA time is illegal - whether the employee is the mother or the father.

At Law Office of William M. Julien, P.A., we advocate for parents facing discrimination or wrongful termination because of an expected child and the duties of parenting. Our attorneys will help you understand your rights in these situations and put together strategic legal options that will protect your right to take FMLA time.

Our Boca Raton-based lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation of the situation, putting together clear evidence of discrimination. This can range from intimidation and harassment to wrongful termination or an outright denial of your request for FMLA.

If you suspect that you are being discriminated against or let go because of your use of FMLA or because you are expecting a child, call our law offices today at 561-995-9990 or toll free at 866-569-7398.