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Employee’s ADA and FMLA Claims Survive Summary Judgment After Leaving Work Early To Go To Hospital

In Knight v. Barry Callebaut USA Service Company, Inc., the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment on claims brought by a terminated employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).  During the work day, the employee … Continue Reading

Failure to Provide Documentation, Misconduct, Defeats FMLA Retaliation Claim in the Process

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently granted an employer’s motion for summary judgment dismissing wrongful termination claims. Cruz v. Wyckoff Heights Med. Ctr., No. 13 Civ. 8355 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 23, 2016).  In Cruz,  plaintiff used intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) for ulcerative colitis from … Continue Reading

Dismissal of Claims of Unlawful Discharge for Using FMLA Leave Highlight Importance of Accurate Record Keeping And Consistent Explanations For Employee Terminations

Too often weak claims of employment discrimination gain strength when employers fail to properly document and support with documentation the legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for an employee’s termination.  While the burden of proof never leaves the claimant, and there is no explicit legal obligation to document the basis for personnel decisions, jurors may develop a negative … Continue Reading
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