The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects employees from discrimination, retaliation, and harassment on the basis of their race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, martial status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or veteran or military status.
Nov. 16, 2018
How Does the Family and Medical Leave Act Protect Mothers?
Being a working mother is not always easy and sometimes employers can make your life even more difficult. Restricting job opportunities and paid leave, even firing or laying off employees who need to take time to help their families is unfortunately not uncommon in the workplace. However, there are protections in place for mothers trying to balance work and family.
The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal law that can help families and mothers. The FMLA gives working people the opportunity to take unpaid, and in some cases paid, leave for up to 12 weeks, without the possibility of losing their job. It also protects employees from losing their health benefits during this time.
Who does it apply to?
The FMLA covers State, Federal and local employers, including schools. The FMLA also covers private employers who have more than 50 employees.
What are your rights?
If you work for one of these employers for 12 months or 1,250 hours, you are entitled to FMLA leave. You can take FMLA leave if you are too sick to work, have to care for a sick family member or have recently given birth or need to care for a newborn child. This act also covers leave for employees who adopt or provide foster care for a child.
If you think your employer violated your protections under the FMLA, you have options. Consulting an experienced employment lawyer can help you evaluate your situation better. Working mothers spend a lot of time and effort balancing their lives, and the FMLA was designed to help.
How many times have you wondered if you’re getting paid your fair share? Do you think you’re underpaid because of your race, sex, gender, disability, or even your prior salary history?
If you cannot work because you’re injured/sick or you need to care for a qualifying family member, eligible employees (those who worked more than 1,250 hours in the year prior for an employer with 5 or more employees) are eligible for up to 12 weeks of Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) and/or California Family Rights Act protected Leave (CFRA).