Women Fired for Not Returning from FMLA; Wins a Lawsuit for Unlawful Termination. Here’s Why
Evil HR Lady
OCTOBER 19, 2019
Maria Alves’s employer fired her when she didn’t return from her maternity leave. Well, to be fair, they gave her one extension and fired her when she asked for a second extension. That may seem reasonable–companies aren’t obligated to hold your job forever, and the US requires only 12 weeks of unpaid time off–if you qualify for FMLA. So, why did Boston University lose a lawsuit? Because Alves not only had a new baby, she had postpartum depression (PPD).