According to the Jacksonville Business Journal, two more lawsuits were filed Nov. 29 alleging that CSX Corp. has violated employees’ rights protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
According to the Department of Labor, “FMLA provides eligible employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave a year…and entitles employees to return to their same or equivalent job at the end of their leave.”
One suit was filed by a former employee from West Virginia who alleges that she was fired for absenteeism while using approved FMLA time off to address migraines and recover from knee surgery, the Journal reported.
The Journal said the other suit was filed in Ohio by an employee who states he’s been denied bonuses for good attendance because he took covered leave. This suit has been filed as a class-action suit, according to the Journal.
The office of Designated Legal Counsel Willard J. Moody, Esq., based in Portsmouth, Va., has extended an offer of service to SMART Transportation Division members who may have been unjustly fired for alleged Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations.
FMLA, passed in 1993, protects workers’ jobs and allows for unpaid leave from work for medical or family reasons.
Moody said in an email that about 150 CSX employees were taken out of service and targeted for investigation for the alleged violations. Pending the results of the investigation, those workers could lose their jobs.
“We believe that CSX’s handling of these employees may violate federal law. Accordingly, we are contemplating legal action on behalf of these individuals,” Moody said.
Moody said his office is available for a free consultation for workers who have been pulled out of service and are being subjected to adverse action by CSX for alleged abuse of FMLA leave.
“There are limitations on how railroads may treat employees who they believe may have misused FMLA leave, and we believe CSX may have overstepped its legal rights in doing what it has done to employees who are currently out of service,” Moody said.
To contact Moody or Nick Thompson, an attorney with Moody’s firm with experience in FELA and FMLA cases, call 800-368-1033.