Sixth Circuit holds that request for FMLA leave is protected even if the employee is not entitled to FMLA leave much less takes FMLA leave
In Milman v. Fieger & Fieger, LLC, the Sixth Circuit held that a equest for FMLA leave is protected even if the employee is not entitled to FMLA leave much less takes FMLA leave. There the plaintiff claimed she’d been retaliated against for requesting FMLA leave, and her employer responded that she had not been entitled to FMLA leave and had not actually taken FMLA leave. The Sixth Circuit rejected the company’s arguments, holding that her mere request was itself protected against retaliation.
Thus, the scope of protected activity under the FMLA starts with the first step contemplated under the Act’s procedures: a request made to the employer. That request, moreover, need not lead to entitlement in order to be protected.
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