FMLA makes it unlawful for any employer to interfere with, restrain, or deny the exercise of any right provided under FMLA and discharge or discriminate against any person for opposing any practice made unlawful by FMLA or for involvement in any proceeding under or relating to FMLA.
An employee may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor or may bring a private lawsuit against an employer to enforce their rights.
You may also have a claim for sexual harassment, depending on the circumstances. You would be well advised to contact an employment attorney.
I am sorry to hear about your situation. You have presented a complicated set of facts, and you would be well-advised to speak with an employment attorney to discuss what recourse you may have. An employer may not retaliate against an employee for taking protected action, such as FMLA. Further, your comments about how you are being treated by your co-workers raises the potential issues of sexual harassment and a hostile work environment if your employer is aware of it and has not done anything to rectify the situation. Good luck!
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You need to locate and meet with an attorney who specializes in FMLA and employment law cases. The Avvo website is a great place to start your search.
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