Your Rights During Maternity Leave in Florida and Georgia
Expecting a baby is a unique, special time filled with anticipation and joy. It's a period when the focus should be on the impending arrival of your little one, not on worrying about your employment. However, it's not uncommon for expectant mothers in Florida and Georgia to experience stress over their job security during maternity leave. If you find yourself in this situation, know that you're not alone. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides protection to working mothers, offering up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for the birth and care of a newborn child. This important act ensures that you can enjoy this precious time with your new baby without compromising your professional life.
Balancing Maternity Leave and Employment
Navigating through maternity leave while maintaining employment can be a challenging task. It's not uncommon for women to feel intimidated by the thought of asking their employers about maternity leave, fearing it may risk their job security. If you’re in this situation, it's important to remember that it's not just your responsibility, but also your right, to secure your position during maternity leave.
Unlawful Practices by Employers
Unfortunately, some employers in Florida and Georgia may act unlawfully, trying to terminate or unfairly treat an employee due to her maternity leave. This is where The Leach Firm, P.A. steps in, ensuring that working mothers are not subjected to workplace discrimination. We firmly believe in justice and fair treatment for all employees, especially those entering a new phase in their life like motherhood.
Protection Under FMLA
Employers are prohibited by law from firing or discriminating against an employee for taking FMLA leave. Furthermore, an employer is required to restore the employee to her original job or a position with equivalent benefits, pay, and conditions of employment on her return from FMLA leave. Understanding these provisions can make a significant difference in ensuring your rights are protected during maternity leave.
What You Can Do
The first step in asserting your maternity leave rights is to understand them fully. However, if you believe that your employer is not respecting these rights, we at The Leach Firm, P.A. can help. We can guide you through the process of asserting your rights, ensuring you’re not subject to unlawful practices, and receiving the treatment you deserve.
Defending Your Rights
At The Leach Firm, P.A., we have served the people of Florida and Georgia since 2004 in fights against workplace discrimination, personal injury, and worker’s compensation cases. We work diligently to defend your rights during your maternity leave. Call us at 844-722-7567 or contact us online to get a free case evaluation with an experienced FMLA lawyer in Florida or Georgia. We fight against unfair treatment by employers and want to help our clients receive the care and respect they deserve during such a crucial time in their lives.