Q: Is it legal for an employer to deny an unpaid leave of absence for an employee getting help for addiction?
I am currently getting help for alcoholism and I asked my employer for time off to complete a program. They told me because they were short staffed they couldn’t allow my time off for treatment. I thought I was covered under ADA or ADAAA.
I’m just trying to get some clarification before moving forward.
A: An employer in Minnesota must comply with statutory law regarding providing treatment for addiction when requested. I suggest you consult with an employment law attorney so she or he can determine how the facts of your case show the employer is liable to you for violating the law. Employment is tricky and facts that appear to be favorable could be disfavorable. Good luck.
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