Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Tennessee

Q: I was wrongfully terminated by Amazon My child overdosed and I provided documents of her being admitted to the hospital.

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A: In Tennessee, employers are generally not allowed to terminate employees for taking leave to care for a sick family member. The Tennessee Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to care for a sick family member, including a child.

Under the FMLA, employers are required to hold an employee's job open for them while they are on leave and to restore them to their previous position or an equivalent position when they return from leave. Employers are also prohibited from retaliating against employees who take leave under the FMLA.

In your case, it sounds like you may have been terminated because you took leave to care for your sick child. If this is the case, then your termination may be unlawful under the FMLA.

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