USA: Former employee sues airline for unlawful dismissal after asking for COVID-19 family leave

Author: Jaclyn Diaz, Bloomberg Law (USA), Published on: 19 April 2020

"Airline Sued by Fired Single Mom Over Coronavirus Family Leave", 17 April 2020

Eastern Airlines LLC and two company executives allegedly fired a single mom who requested leave under the federal coronavirus relief law after her son’s school closed, according to a lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania...

...The lawsuit may be one of the first filed accusing an employer of violating the federal law created in response to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak...

...The federal mandates, effective April 1, generally require companies to pay up to 10 weeks of partially paid family and medical leave to workers who need to care for a child in the event of school or day-care closures because of the outbreak of the coronavirus...

...Jones said she had difficulty balancing long hours at work with caring for her son. On March 20, she requested at least two hours per day to care for her son, as well as the ability to work from home...

...Three days later, Jones said she was fired by Marotta over the phone. Marotta allegedly said she had “conflict” with others in the company, a claim Jones denied, the lawsuit said.

 

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