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Woman claims company retaliated against her for taking FMLA leave

Many workers turn to the Family Medical Leave Act when they are having difficulties. Those who need time the time off in accordance with FMLA laws expect that they will not be treated any differently upon their return. Florida workers who use this benefit and are given disparate treatment may turn to the law for help.

A woman who worked for Avance Inc. claims that the company mistreated her after she took advantage of her FMLA benefit. The woman was employed with the company for more than 20 years in a supervisory position. According to her lawsuit, she had been suffering from stress due to her work and was suffering from panic attacks.

To take care of herself, the plaintiff took FMLA leave for two weeks. When she came back to work, she asserts that everything had changed. She claims that she no longer had the responsibilities that she once did. The plaintiff further alleges that she was given unrealistic goals and was no longer invited to meetings.

The plaintiff asserts that the company changed the conditions of her employment so that she was not longer able to be successful. She is accusing the company of violating the FMLA and for creating adverse working conditions upon her return. She is seeking legal costs, monetary damages, lost wages and benefits. Similarly situated Florida workers may choose to file claims against their employers if they believe that they have violated the law. If the claims are successfully presented, the employees may be awarded financial relief as determined by the court.

Source:, "Suit alleging FMLA violation brought against Avance Inc.", Carol Ostrow, June 18, 2015

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