According to a report in the Southeast Texas Record, a former worker at a local manufacturing company filed a lawsuit against the employer, claiming it violated state law when it fired the ex-employee.
The lawsuit, filed on August 30, alleges the company fired the worker soon after he put in for medical leave. The worker, employed at the company between March 2006 and May 2010, has been diagnosed with controlled diabetes since 1997, which requires him to be away from work at times for appointments. However, a week after he had put in for medical leave with an authorized doctor's note, the company let the plaintiff go.
The lawsuit claims the company acted in violation of the Family Medical Leave Act, denying his rights. As a result, the ex-employee now seeks damages, attorney's fees and court costs from his former employer.
The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Lufkin Division.
The lawsuit showcases the importance of companies recognizing and acting in accordance with federal regulations and state laws. Failure to do so can result in similar professional liability lawsuits, which can become expensive.