The Family Medical Leave Act gives up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to qualifying employees. But employers don't always respect this right.
Our attorneys can investigate whether your employer’s actions were illegal or discriminatory in relation to your FMLA claim.
Workers come to Chanfrau & Chanfrau in Daytona Beach, FL, for board-certified attorneys who focus on employment law and fight for them.
What Is the Family Medical Leave Act?
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires employers to allow qualifying employees to take unpaid leave in certain circumstances. An employee exercising this right cannot be denied reinstatement to their position at the end of the leave period, or fired for taking this time.
There are three requisites an employee must meet to qualify for FMLA:
- They must have worked for their employer for at least 12 months.
- They must have worked for at least 1,250 hours during the past year.
- The final requirement is working at a location where their company employs at least 50 employees within 75 miles.
Any action by an employee that violates the act is grounds for a legal claim and requires showing certain facts in order to recover compensation. Employers often resort to dodgy tactics and misrepresentations to deny medical leave.
Why Florida Relies on Chanfrau & Chanfrau
Several Top-Rated Attorneys
When you choose Chanfrau and Chanfrau, you receive the help of many proven and highly acclaimed lawyers. W. M. Chanfrau, Sr., William M. Chanfrau, Jr., and Kelly Chanfrau are each AV-Preeminent attorneys according to the famed lawyer evaluator Martindale-Hubbell®.
Martindale-Hubbell began rating lawyers in the 1800s so that civilians in need could know who to trust for legal representation. AV-Preeminent is the highest peer ranking this trusted institution gives out. It is only earned by lawyers who are considered by their peers to have the utmost legal ethics, knowledge, and skill.
A Personal Dedication to Clients
Chanfrau and Chanfrau Attorneys and Counselors at Law has been protecting Florida workers since 1976. We have won over $300 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients, allowing us to maintain locations in Daytona Beach and Palm Coast.
Our success gave us the opportunity to become a large law firm. Instead, we made a concerted effort to remain small enough to personally and effectively serve our clients. We have seven paralegals and legal assistants, along with significant resources that help us win cases–all while avoiding the burdensome overhead costs that lead large firms to under-settle for quick cash.
Meet Kelly Chanfrau
Board-Certified Labor and Employment Lawyer
Fighting and winning an FMLA claim requires a lawyer with in-depth knowledge. Kelly Chanfrau has gone above and beyond in proving her abilities as an employment and FMLA lawyer. Notably, she became board-certified by the Florida Bar in Labor and Employment Law. Less than 7% of all Florida Bar members have earned this distinction.
Ms. Chanfrau had to complete many rigorous requirements to earn her board-certified status. She spent the five years prior focusing on labor and employment law. She completed 60 hours of continuing legal education in this legal area. Ms. Chanfrau then passed both a peer review and a written examination.
The quality of Ms. Chanfrau's representation led to consistent honors. She was named one of the Top 50 Female Super Lawyers® in the entire state of Florida. Another of her many awards came in 2021 when she was named an Orlando Area “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America.
Reach Out to a Law Firm That Wins Employment Law Cases
"This is one of the best law firm I have ever come into contact with. Kelly is an amazing lawyer and really fight for her clients. She knows how to get the job done and if they’re successful in helping you win. Communication and customer service is 100% . If you are looking to win, call them!"
- Nikki Thomas, 5-Star Review
"These folks here are a class act and attention to every detail has been top notch. I have to give a special thanks to Ms. Lorie at the Palm-coast location for the assistance and working with my wife when I wasn’t available. You are not a number or a case to them here you’re a real person."
- Joe Johnson, 5-Star Review
Our attorneys have dedicated their careers to protecting the people of Florida. When we take on an FMLA case, we do everything in our power to receive the maximum compensation possible for our clients.
Our extensive track record handling all kinds of employment lawsuits gives us a vast database of cases to draw upon when exploring the possibilities of discrimination, unfair wage reduction, and other FMLA leave abuses. To speak with attorneys who deeply understand how to fight and win FMLA cases, simply schedule your consultation with us.
Military Family Leave Has Its Own Eligibilities
The spouse, parent, son, or daughter of a newly deployed servicemember may be entitled to FMLA leave even though nobody has been hurt or suffered from a serious health condition. This is because deployment often causes certain issues that require urgent attention.
This is known as qualifying exigency leave and allows a qualifying individual to take up to 12 work weeks of FMLA leave. Qualifying reasons include the need to arrange daycare, attend official military ceremonies, or make legal arrangements. FMLA also covers military caregiver leave for the family of an injured or grievously ill servicemember.
FMLA Protects Against Discrimination For Speaking Out
"Complete honesty and integrity in helping people get Justice and help with their legal matters. You have to say they are the best in the Daytona Beach area. If you need legal help contact them."
- Robert De Corah, 5-Star Google Review
"Kelly and her employment team are super professional, answered all my questions, I would recommend this law firm to all my family and friends."
- Daviana Venuse, 5-Star Google Review
Some employees feel their FMLA leave rights were clearly violated but hesitate to consider a lawsuit because of a worry about discrimination. They worry about hour and wage reductions, being terminated, and other forms of retaliation.
You should know that the FMLA bars employers from any type of retaliation against anyone who exercises their FMLA rights. Our Daytona Beach FMLA lawyers are well-versed in identifying even subtle acts of retribution by employers. We will do everything we can to protect you and your family members.