Verizon Wireless prevails in FMLA dispute

Verizon Wireless faced a claim by a former employee who was terminated for performance-related issues. The employee, however, contended she was terminated in violation of her Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights and that those rights were interfered with by the company.

Waller Labor & Employment attorneys defended Verizon Wireless in a case that raised a novel issue advanced by the plaintiff that her FMLA rights were interfered because the company had not sufficiently advised her of her FMLA rights. Plaintiff attorneys argued this issue at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals after the company prevailed on summary judgment. The EEOC also joined as amicus curie on several issues related to the plaintiff's related claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Waller prevailed on Verizon's behalf before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, defeated the motion for en banc review, and the petition for U.S. Supreme Court review was denied.

Verizon is one of the largest communication technology companies in the world.

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