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Nacogdoches Bus Driver Claims FMLA Violation

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A Nacogdoches school bus driver has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, claiming that she was discriminated against and that the Nacogdoches Independent School District violated the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The Southeast Texas Record reports that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission got involved in her case earlier this year, which resulted with the school district agreeing to rehire the bus driver Angela Harless. However, Angela Harless claims that the defendant did not follow through with the agreement and still refuses to hire her.

Now, the bus driver has hired an employment lawyer and is reportedly seeking damages for humiliation, damage to reputation, lost wages, mental and emotional distress, exemplary damages, medical expenses, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, interest, court costs and attorneys' fees.

According to the Southeast Texas Record, Angela Harless claims that she was fired from her position as a bus driver because she exercised her right for medical leave because of her serious health condition. Under FMLA, employers with 50 or more workers must allow employees to as much as 12 weeks of leave in a 12-month period to handle personal or family medical problems.

FindLaw states that valid reasons to leave under the FMLA can include a serious health condition, the need to take care of a family member, birth of a child, adoption of a child, or care for a newborn or newly adopted child. Anybody who feels that their FMLA rights have been violated should talk to a Houston employment lawyer to learn more information on filing a claim.

Related Resources:

  • Family and Medical Leave: Overview (FindLaw)
  • See a Houston Employment Lawyer (FindLaw)
  • FMLA Rules: What Employees Should Know (FindLaw's Law and Daily Life Blog)

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