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California Family Leave Act

 

 California has an excellent statute that protects workers who have worked fulltime for over one year for an employer of 50 or more within a seventy-five mile radius and who needs time off to care for a serious medical condition of the worker or the worker's immediate family. Although there are a few limitations, the worker is entitled to up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave per year. Upon return from leave the employee is entitled to return to his/her job or a similar one. An employee who is wrongfully terminated instead of being provided with the family leave may sue for damages including lost earnings, benefits, pain and suffering, punitive damages and attorneys fees for interference with his/her rights.