Family and Medical Leave
Employees are entitled to take leave for childbirth, adoption, a serious health condition, to care for a close family member with a serious health condition, or certain exigencies arising out of a close family member’s military service. Leave may be taken all at once or on an intermittent basis (such as a day or two at a time) or on a reduced schedule (such as working less hours per day). Employers often fail to fully understand your rights to family and medical leave, and they sometimes think you are only entitled to 12 weeks of leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. There are a number of different laws that apply, so it is important to know your rights. It is likely that you are entitled to more time off than you have been given.
Eastern Maine Law represents individuals in family and medical leave claims, including:
- Failure to provide family and medical leave
- Failure to restore a returning employee to the same or equivalent job
- Failure to maintain benefits (e.g., health insurance) during a leave
- Failure to allow intermittent leave
- Failure to allow a reduced schedule
- Retaliation for asserting rights
- Failure to notify you of your rights
Cases can be resolved discreetly or they may go through the Maine Human Rights Commission or court. Sometimes cases go all the way to trial, but that is up to you. Eastern Maine Law is ready and willing to go to trial when necessary. The courtroom is not something to be feared or avoided. A trial is an opportunity for a case to be heard. A calm and tenacious advocate, John Gause embraces each opportunity to bring a client’s case to trial.
A successful outcome is one in which the client walks away feeling as though her rights were vindicated and she was fairly compensated for the wrong she suffered. John’s goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for each individual client, and he does not stop until that happens.
Almost all of the cases we handle are on a contingency-fee. That means that the attorney’s fee comes out of the recovery in your case instead of charging you up front. If there is no recovery in a contingency-fee case you do not owe us anything.