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Dawkins v. Fulton County Govt, (11th Cir. Sept. 30, 2013)

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Legal Alert: Employers Should Be Aware of the Risks of Unexpected FMLA Liability

FordHarrison LLP • October 16, 2013
Executive Summary: While most companies are aware of the liability they may face if they violate the FMLA, a recent decision from the Eleventh Circuit serves as a reminder of just how important it is for employers to train human resources personnel, as well as managers and supervisors, on how to properly handle leave requests. In Dawkins v. Fulton County Gov't, (11th Cir. Sept. 30, 2013), an employee sought to bring a claim of FMLA retaliation based on a manager's one word response of "Approved" to an e-mail requesting both emergency and FMLA leave, even though she did not comply with the employer's medical certification requirements.