Told them my daughter attempted suicide and was told to take whatever time I needed. Fired a month later. Do I have any recourse?

My daughter attempted suicide six weeks ago. I have had to take her to appointments, etc. they hired an interim part time CEO to help lead. I had to reach out to him to speak with me, although he had spoken with everyone else. I had tried to schedule some time with the founder of my company to tell him what was going on, and he declined. My boss knew. Then I told them that they needed to really think about the direction they were going and then I told them I was very capable of making c-level decisions based on my experience and that I felt they had ignored me since I told them about my daughter. A week later, fired and told I was overqualified. Never talked to the interim CEO again. Do I have a claim for either retaliation or discrimination? I am also being treated for depression now.

1 answer  |  asked Apr 25, 2019 8:34 PM [EST]  |  applies to Texas

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Neil Klingshirn
If your employer has more than 50 employees at the location where you work and you have worked for this employer for over 1 year and at least 1,250 hours during the last year, then you may be covered by the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the FMLA an employer cannot terminate an employee who takes time off to care for a daughter with a serious health condition, which your daughter probably has.

You should consult an employment lawyer in Texas.

posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Apr 26, 2019 06:11 AM [EST]

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