A man who works for a branch of the Salvation Army says he was treated unfairly when we needed time off for health problems and to recover from medical treatment. He claims his employer fired him after his toes were amputated due to complications from diabetes. He had worked for the organization since 1997, and he believes his treatment was a form of FMLA discrimination and a violation of this specific law.
The Family Medical Leave Act provides many types of Florida employees the ability to take unpaid time off from work for certain medical and family-related concerns. This includes the birth of a child or surgery. In this case, the employee experienced certain types of inappropriate treatment. His employer told him he would need to provide an list of physical restrictions to his employer before he could return to work.
The man wanted to work despite his physical limitations, yet he was informed that his position was being eliminated. He states that his termination violated the FMLA and was also discriminatory toward him as a person who is now disabled. He has the right to seek medical treatment and take time off as needed, and he has the right to receive reasonable accommodations for his disabling condition while in the workplace.
A Florida worker may hear about the treatment this man experienced and realize he or she also experienced similar treatment from an employer. Whether it is due to FMLA discrimination, disability discrimination or another type of illegal mistreatment, a victim does not have to stay silent. It may be appropriate to pursue legal action against an employer through a civil claim.