As a general rule, an employee is not entitled to paid medical leave or to have a job "held open" while out of work for medical reasons. There are some exceptions. If the employer had 50 or more employees, she may be entitled to unpaid leave under the FMLA. There may be an applicable state law that provides for paid or unpaid leave as well. Also, if an employer "promises" to pay, then there may be a contractual right to receive paid leave. Further, the employer may be engaging in illegal discrimination if it is treating her differently because of gender related issues, e.g., men who get injured playing softball with the boss get paid leave, but women do not get paid leave for gender specific conditions.
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