Mother of Autistic Child Files a Lawsuit against Employer after Losing Job for Taking Leave

In Tennessee and across the United States when employees need to take a leave to care for a loved one or a child they should be allowed to do so under the Family Medical Leave Act without fear of facing harsh treatment or being fired after returning from the leave. However, in some situations employees are still fired after taking this leave or they face unfair treatment upon their return. If you or someone you love feels like your Family Medical Leave Act rights have not be upheld, then you should speak with a Tennessee employment FMLA lawyer as soon as possible. They will help you get the compensation that is rightfully yours for what you have been through.

According to this lawsuit, Tomeka White, a black female, was employed by the Department of Aging and Disability Services from June 2009 to October 2010. White’s son suffers from autism and White had asked for intermittent leave so she would be able to take her son to and from his doctor’s visits. According to White, she was allowed to take her son to his therapy early on in her career. Based on information from the lawsuit, White’s supervisor stopped allowing her this privilege after White wrote a “less than positive” elevation about her supervisor’s management style which including racial discrimination allegations.

White asked for intermittent FMLA leave in August of 2010 to take her son to and from his therapy. The human resource manager for her employer turned down her request stating that it was not believed autism was covered under FMLA. White was fired by her employer on November 18th due to ongoing request for intermittent FMLA leave.

White’s employer is accused of violating the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as White’s civil rights. White is seeking an award for actual damages including lost income and health benefits as well as liquidated damages, attorney fees, punitive damages and interest.

Cases like this one occur too frequently to employees all across the United States and even right here to Tennessee employees. If you or someone you know feels like your Family Medical Leave Act rights have been violated, then we encourage you to contact one of our caring and knowledgeable Tennessee employment FMLA attorneys right away. We care about our clients and will work with you to make sure your rights are upheld and that you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.

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