Employment law case analysis – case 5
Jackson worked at Jernberg Industries for a year, after which he began to have problems in his wrist and hand. He had two surgeries and, because his work was physical, took extended leaves. Each time he took an absence, Jernberg required a note from Jackson’s physician. When notes were not provided, he was counted absent and not on leave under the Family and Medical Act Leave (FMLA). Eventually he was fired for too many absences.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was designed to help employees to balance their work and family issues by allowing them to get unpaid leave for certain family and medical conditions. According to the act,
Employees are eligible for leave if they have worked for their employer at least 12 months, at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location where the company employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles.
The medical problems that affected Jackson were occasioned by his working at the Jernberg industries since his work was physical. Based on this, it can be established that the employer’s requirement that an…