Does my employer have to hold my job if I take medical leave?
Yes, you are generally entitled to return to your original job after taking medical leave. California employees have the right to take protected medical leave under state and federal laws, mainly the California Family Rights Act or the Federal Family Medical Leave Act.
If the same job is unavailable, your employer is required to give you a similar position. The job should be equivalent to your original one in terms of working conditions, pay, benefits, duties and seniority. Taking leave should not cause you to lose any benefits that you earned prior to taking leave.
There may be a situation in which you may no longer be qualified for your original job because you were unable to renew a license or finish a course due to the leave. In such cases, your employer should provide you with a reasonable opportunity to meet those requirements once you resume work.
While you should generally be able to return to your job after taking leave, there are a few exceptions. For example, if your employer discovered performance issues while you were on leave, terminating you would not be unlawful. However, it is important to note that both state and federal laws prohibit employers from retaliating against employees for taking leave.
If you return from leave and find out your job is no longer available and you were not offered a similar position, you may be able to sue your employer. Talk to an Oakland employment law attorney about your case and find out how you can hold your employer accountable for violating leave laws. Contact Erlich Law Firm for a free initial consultation.
Other Wrongful Termination FAQs:
- Can my employer fire me for being sick?
- Does my employer have to hold my job if I take medical leave?
- How long do I have to file a wrongful termination claim?
- I was recently fired from my job without any warnings or negative performance reviews. Was I wrongfully terminated?
- If I quit my job because conditions were intolerable, do I still have a case?
- What can I do if was wrongfully terminated?
- What should I do if I have been fired for reporting harassment or discrimination at work?
- What should I do if I have been unfairly fired from my job?
- What types of damages can I recover in a wrongful termination claim?
- Why do I need a lawyer for my wrongful termination claim?
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