Today is Tuesday, for reference. My girlfriend and I both work for the same school district in Iowa. She is a full time preschool assistant teacher. Her elderly father will be having surgery in Minnesota Thursday. She submitted all the appropriate paperwork and was approved to take 2 weeks FMLA to care for him during his recovery. The leave was supposed to begin tomorrow. Her principal called today and said if she isn't back to work Monday morning they will fire her. When asked why, she was told because they don't have anyone to cover her shifts. There was also a mention of not having the medical paperwork from her father, but the claim was already approved (doctor hasn't sent it yetdespite it being over a month since requested, also GF is on the phone so can't get the details about this at this moment). She called the HR office and the only person in the entire district who can handle it is out today. She is leaving tomorrow regardless of their answer. Do we have any options now? What are our options if she is fired? Any additional resources or information that would be helpful?
There's no way to answer these questions in the abstract. If she's fired and wishes to try to do something about it legally, she'll need to meet with a lawyer who specializes in FMLA cases for a full review of the situation, including all documents.
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