Margaritas And Medical Leave

Law360, New York (August 25, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT) -- Summer brings to mind barbecues, baseball games and vacations. In the warm-weather months, many of us would much rather spend our days in the great outdoors instead of in our offices. However, for one employee from New Jersey, pursuing fun in the Cancun sun ended up costing her job because she took her vacation while she was on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Denise Pellegrino was employed by Communications Workers of America (CWA), a labor union, as a clerical worker. In August 2008,...
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