Penalties for Violating Family and Medical Leave Law

Violating family and medical laws subjects employers to a civil lawsuit or administrative proceeding. Employers are liable if they unlawfully interfere with an employee's exercise of CFRA or FMLA rights.1 An employer may be required to:

  • Pay actual damages for injuries or losses that the complainant suffered, including loss of back pay and front pay for lost future wages where reinstatement is inappropriate
  • Pay compensatory damages for pain, suffering, humiliation and embarrassment
  • Pay punitive damages
  • Pay attorneys' fees
  • Pay costs
  • Conduct training for all employees, supervisors and management on FEHA and your internal grievance procedures
  • Pay expert witness fees to the prevailing party
Read about legislation effective in 2022.
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