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General Motors pays more than $12K in back wages to Fort Wayne employee after improper suspension

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 17:14:01-04

FORT WAYNE — General Motors has agreed to pay more than $12,000 in back wages to a Fort Wayne employee who missed work in absences allowed by the Federal Medical Leave Act.

The Wage and Hour Division found that GM delayed in approving the FMLA leave for the employee, leading to improper disciplinary suspensions.

After an investigation, GM agreed to pay the employee the $12,265 they would’ve earned during the suspensions, to rescind three unexcused absences from their record and to comply with the FMLA in the future.

“The Family Medical Leave Act entitles eligible employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Patricia Lewis. “Employers need to understand employee’s rights under this law and their obligation to provide qualifying leave. These violations can be avoided, and we encourage employers to contact us for confidential assistance to better understand their responsibilities under the law.”