AT&T Unit Faces FMLA Suit Over Absence Policy

Law360, New York (August 3, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT) -- Two ex-employees slapped AT&T California with a proposed Family and Medical Leave Act class action Monday, claiming that the company's so-called total absence policy counted FMLA-protected time off against workers.

Named plaintiffs Andre Beard, who said was told he was ineligible for a promotion because he took protected leave, and Gloribel Guerrero, who was allegedly terminated because she took FMLA leave, filed their complaint against Pacific Bell Telephone Co., which does business as AT&T California.

The company ranked employees by total absences, including FMLA leave, and...
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