Construction Exec Fired Asst After FMLA Request

A Virginia executive assistant has been awarded $50,555 after being unfairly retaliated against by her supervisor. The woman was fired soon after requesting time off under the Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA. She says her supervisor placed an advertisement to find her replacement the day after requesting two weeks off for multiple sclerosis treatment. A jury found that Rand Construction was liable for the damages of the retaliation.

Considered a safety net for workers across the country, FMLA is a federal law guaranteeing employees 12 weeks of unpaid leave during which they cannot be fired for taking time off. Designed to help injured, ill, pregnant employees or those caring for a sick relative, the law mandates that employers cannot fire a person for taking time off. It also requires the employer to continue health insurance coverage for the employee.

This is far from the first time that this particular supervisor has mistreated workers, the plaintiff argued. A previous assistant was forced to resign after suffering a spinal injury. In spite of this reputation, the executive has made a living advocating for women in the construction industry. She regularly leads talks about empowering women executives and how to succeed in the industry.

The contrast between a person’s outward persona and actions can be stark, as evidenced by this case. That be difficult for some employees to come to terms with, leading many to keep quiet with their concerns. We encourage anyone who feels they have been mistreated or taken advantage of by their employer to speak with an attorney.

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We are experienced in whistleblower protections and litigation.  We are here to help you through the legal process of being a whistleblower.  Having a dedicated and experienced litigator on your side can help you gain back what you have lost through retaliation. If you have uncovered improper actions taking place in your company, do not hesitate to contact us so we can assist you in receiving the protection and rewards that you deserve.