Sometimes unexpected issues come up that change our schedules and our lives. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows people to take long absences from work for family or medical reasons. FMLA leave can be taken for up to 12 weeks and ensures that an equivalent position is still open to the employee when they return.
On August 5, 2016, a federal jury in Washington D.C., awarded Doris Garcia Hernandez, a former Chipotle employee, $550,000 for suffering discrimination by her employer. The facts of the case are as follows: after Ms. Hernandez informed her manager of her pregnancy, her manager failed to provide reasonable accommodations and in fact made her life at work very difficult. For instance, Ms. Hernandez's manager did not allow her to take restroom and water breaks as necessary. When Ms. Hernandez had to leave work early to attend a prenatal doctor appointment, her manager terminated her.