Posted by Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. in News
Aug 31 2021
Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. Partner Nina Pirrotti was recently featured in a Connecticut Law Tribune article discussing an employment lawsuit alleging that a McDonald’s employee was fired for requesting FMLA time. You can read the full article here.
The article details the employment lawsuit of a district manager of a McDonald’s, Walter Williams, against the franchise’s owner, Golden Hawk LLC. The lawsuit alleges that Williams requested FMLA time off for his son’s surgery after a donor was found for his son’s bone marrow transplant.
Williams claims that after he requested FMLA leave, his boss terminated him, stating ‘I don’t give a f— about your son. You’re fired.’” The termination caused him to lose his medical insurance needed for the surgery. The article also explains that the lawsuit cites seven counts, including intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violation of the federal FMLA.
Nina was quoted in the article stating that “if all the facts in the complaint are true, it’s a clear-cut case of FMLA interference.” While Nina says that intentional infliction of emotional distress is “a very high burden to prove,” she says, “I think there may very well be the prima facie case that the conduct was extreme and outrageous.”
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