Penalties for Violating Family and Medical Leave Laws

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
  • ​​


    This premium content is for our members. For immediate access, join online or by phone at 800-331-8877. Or Start a Free Trial Now for 7 days.

    Already a Member? Sign In Below.

Sign In
Remember Email