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Baham v. McLane Foodservice Inc., 5th Cir., No. 10-10944, unpub’d, 7/1/11.

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To invoke FMLA protection for care of another, some geographic proximity is required by the employee.

Ogletree Deakins • July 11, 2011
In an unpublished opinion, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held that an individual who requests FMLA leave to care for a seriously ill family member must have some role in providing the “care” required by the relative’s illness. According to the Fifth Circuit, a father who left his seriously injured daughter in the care of his wife while he readied the family’s home for their return was unable to support a claim for FMLA retaliation after he was fired from his job at the conclusion of his FMLA leave.