can i get fmla at work for pneumonia?

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can i get fmla at work for pneumonia?

Hello, i had pneumonia and was out of work for
a week, got fmla papers filled out by doctor, my
Human resource manager denied my fmla
because she said its not a ongoing and chronic
condition, i read the fmla act, pneumonia ia
considered a serious health condition and it is
covered, i dont know what to do

Asked on March 6, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Alabama

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

FMLA is not limited to serious and chronic conditions: it is available for one-time or acute conditions (e.g. recovering from being hit by a car) so long as you otherwise meet the criteria for it and the condition was serious enough. Your HR manager is either misunderstanding the law or is deliberately violating the law.
FMLA doesn't pay you for being out: all it does is ensure that you can't be fired or otherwise retaliated against for missing work when you are eligible for FMLA. If youd id not suffer any adverse consequences, her misunderstanding has no effect, since again, FMLA would not get you pay for the time you were out. So if you still have the same job, same pay and benefits, etc., this actually does not matter. 
If you do suffer some adverse consequences (e.g. fired, demoted, suspended, etc.), however, contact the state or federal department of labor to file a complaint.


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