Sometimes employees need to take leaves from their job for reasons relating to pregnancy and childbirth, medical conditions, family matters, or issues relating to violence, safety, or private matters. The laws relating to these different kinds of leaves can be complicated. The general rule is that your employer does not have to allow you a leave unless the law requires the Company to do so and may not be required to pay you for the time you take off. Many exceptions exist, however, to this general rule in California. This is precisely why if you have an employee rights issue concerning a leave, it is in your best interests to get the capable legal advice of an employee rights lawyer at Lara & Luna APC. Whether you are located in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, or San Diego Counties, or anywhere else in Southern California, our firm can provide skilled and highly-qualified counsel relating to any employment law situation or issue. We focus on employee rights and stay current in the case law and practice of this field.
Employment Leaves Based on Company Size
The larger the company you work for, the more you may be protected under law concerning employment leaves. Some leaves are allowed under law, however, for employees of businesses with more than 50 employees. Examples of these types of leaves include pregnancy disability leave, leaves for court appearances related to domestic violence, and leaves for parents to attend school meetings involving the discipline of their children.
If you are employed by a business with more than 50 employees, you may be entitled to other leaves, such as attending your child’s school activities and more. If you work for a business that has more than 50 employees, you are protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Acts (CFRA). Under these laws, you may be eligible for leave to care for a serious health condition of a child, spouse, parent, or yourself. By discussing your situation with a Southern California employee rights attorney at Lara & Luna APC, you can learn whether your rights regarding an employment leave have been violated and how our firm can help.
In any type of wrongful termination claim involving leaves of absences, you may be entitled to damages for lost wages because of the wrongful termination in addition to emotional distress and exemplary damages. Because every case is different, it is important that you discuss your particular situation with a Southern California wrongful termination attorney at Lara & Luna APC so that you can get the specific legal counsel you need.