DOL Finds FMLA Violations and Back Wages Owed at T.G.I. Fridays

 News Release 08/07/2013

“Workers should not have to choose between their job, and the family members who need their care,” said Laura Fortman, principal deputy administrator for the Wage and Hour Division.Department of Labor FMLA ruling benefits employee with back wages

The DOL stated in a press release today that T.G.I. Fridays violated the FMLA by failing to reinstate the employee to the same or equivalent position, including pay, benefits and other terms of employment, and that the worker was not allowed to return to work immediately following FMLA-covered leave. The delay in allowing the employee to return to work caused the employee to lose three weeks of pay.

Additionally, the investigation found that the company’s FMLA policy and worker rights notification practices were not in keeping with the law. Specifically, the policy did not include information on the FMLA’s military family leave provisions, information on the right to take FMLA-covered leave on an intermittent or reduced schedule basis, and misstated the 12-month employment requirement for FMLA eligibility as being 12 continuous months.

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