What is the best way to describe a "Discrimination" against the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993?

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dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The family medical leave act, FMLA, was enacted by Congress in an effort to prevent arbitrary discrimination against employees who had a health or pregnancy related issue and because of that issue were going to be absent from work. The FMLA is quite specific and really leaves no room for interpretation, the tenets are spelled out nicely. Essentially, if an employee meets certain criteria, they are entitled to certain benefits under the Act.

Most employers are well aware of the Act and most do a good job adhering to the stipulations. This is not optional, it is mandatory. If an employee feels that they have been discriminated against, I would suggest that the first step they take is to contact the companies HR director (in person) and explain to them why they think they have been wronged. Chances are good that the situation is nothing more than a misunderstanding of the facts. After this meeting takes place and if the employee still feels no relief, then they can contact the U. S. Dept. of Labor in the area in which they live.

U.S. Department of Labor/FMLA