Understanding the FMLA

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Understanding the FMLA

The Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, as it's referred to, is a Federal legislation that provides for a finite amount of unpaid leave for certain qualifying circumstances. Here, if we are talking about pregnancy, to give birth, to care for a newborn, to care of a newly placed adoptive child. Not everybody is covered by the FMLA and there are many different factors. First of all, only employers who employ 50 or more employees within a 75 mile radius is covered under the FMLA, further to be a qualified employee, you have to have worked at least 12 months for that specific employer. It doesn't have to be consecutive, but it has to be 12 months total. You also have to have worked a sum of $12,150 in the preceding 12 months. Which is about 24 hours a week. If you qualify for this leave, you would be entitled to take 12 weeks of unpaid, protected leave; which means you would not be paid, but they would be required to give you a job or a comparable job upon your return. The 12 weeks does not have to be taken consecutively.

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Attorney & Mother of a Diabetic

Christina M. Coleman, a California native, was admitted to practice law in 1997. As in-house Corporate Counsel for a family of Internet/Telecommunications Companies, she oversaw all litigation and some corporate matters. In 2000, Ms. Coleman's outstanding track record caused her to join a plaintiff's litigation firm focusing on catastrophic injury (financial and physical) cases. While at this firm, Ms. Coleman met Lisa L. Maki where they co-counseled in a few high-profile cases. As a result, they became fast friends in their pursuit of justice for their clients.

Ms. Coleman is a highly skilled litigator and negotiator who has been the key to obtaining multi-million dollar jury trials and settlements, including a 7.2 million dollar jury verdict for an individual and company in Orange County, California. In March 2006, Ms. Coleman and Ms. Maki joined forces and Ms. Coleman is the firm's senior litigator and negotiator. In this role, she continues to represent plaintiffs in their struggle for justice and fairness in the workplace and in the corporate arena.

Ms. Coleman has lectured for the Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, and has been published in the Advocate. She has also served on the editorial board for an employment related treatise for James Publishing. Ms. Coleman was Consumer Attorneys of California’s finalist nominee for Consumer Attorney of the Year in 2008, and finalist nominee for Streetfighter of the Year in 2010. 

A member of the California Bar, Ms. Coleman graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (BA 1993) and University of San Diego School of Law (JD. 1997). Ms. Coleman currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young daughters, and proudly participates in many legal and bar organizations

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