A person may experience a medical problem at any moment in their life. In most cases, the person gets better after a short period of time and is able to return to work, but in other cases, they have no choice but to take time off from work.

When this happens, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) keeps you safe from losing your job. This type of job protection allows you to legally take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave without penalty. Although you are allowed to take this leave, it is completely dependent on your employer. Not only does it depend on your employer, but you have to meet a certain criteria if you plan to take family medical leave.

If you want to receive family and medical leave, you have to have been employed with your current employer for at least 12 months, worked at least 1,250 hours and your employer should have at least 50 employees.

You are entitled to this take leave from your employer for various medical conditions, pregnancy or when suffering from a temporary disability. Unfortunately, some employers will try to retaliate against you for taking leave. An employer who is upset about an employee?s medical leave may deny you medical leave or terminate you for taking time from work even though you were allowed.

If your employers retaliates against you for taking family or medical leave, you are encourages to seek the assistance of a legal professional because you may have a case.