“Rachel” worked as a counselor for a non-profit agency for close to 3 years. She loved her job, and was good at it. She especially valued the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.
She had a medical issue that required her to take some time off from work. She applied for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and her employer approved it – That meant that she was approved for up to 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave.
The day before her leave was set to expire, her employer emailed her and told her that her medical leave was exhausted and she was therefore terminated. Her employer was wrong: Rachel still had 12 more hours of leave left and planned on returning to work the next day.
Rachel found us. We threatened to bring suit against the employer for its <em>per se</em> interference with Rachel’s FMLA rights. The employer quickly settled for $100,000.