Wegmans is a grocery store with an absolutely stellar reputation. They are currently in the number two spot on Fortune’s Top 100 Companies to Work for, and they’ve been on that list for the past 21 years. They promote from within, they offer scholarships, and their employees generally love them.
All of this contributes to the shock I felt when employment attorney Jon Hyman brought a recent lawsuit against Wegmans to my attention. Hyman explained the lawsuit as follows:
[Jordan Bartman] recently filed suit against her ex-employer, alleging that when she requested FMLA leave for chronic depression and anxiety, her manager told her to “suck it up,” and chastised her for being a “burden to all the kitchen staff.” She claims that the more she was harassed and singled out, the more her condition worsened, which in turn led to a greater need for leave, and even more harassment. Ultimately she was fired for “chronic absences, tardiness, and failure to follow [call-in] procedures.”
Any of you with the slightest understanding of FMLA and conditions such as depression and anxiety know that, if true, this is a huge law violation.
To keep reading, click here: Lawsuit: Wegmans Told Employee to “Suck It up” Instead of Granting FMLA