Law Office of Patrick Flanigan - Commercial Fishing Law

Law Office of
Patrick Flanigan
P.O. Box 42
Swarthmore, PA 19081-0042
Toll-free: 877-275-5191
Phone: 610-628-0539
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Commercial Fishing and Maritime Law, Employment Law

FMLA Lawyer

Helping Employees Enforce Their Rights Under Federal and Medical Leave Act

As an employee, you want to believe that your employer will act in accordance with the law when you encounter a situation that requires you take an extended amount of leave. After all, you are putting in the time and fulfilling your obligations - and you have every reason to expect your employer will too. If your employer has failed to meet their legal obligations toward you, you have every right to be angry.

If you were denied a leave of absence you needed for medical purposes, remember that the law exists to protects you, the employee. Federal law has specific requirements for employers regarding medical leave and failure to comply with these requirements demand a remedy.

At the Law Office of Patrick Flanigan, we represent clients throughout the Philadelphia area in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and help them get the justice they deserve. Contact us online Link to Contact Us or call 610-628-0539 to schedule your free and confidential initial consultation.

In pursuing a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claim, time is of the essence. You only have a limited period under the statute in which to bring your claim, so you must act quickly or you risk jeopardizing the entire case.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Federal law entitles you to up to six months of unpaid leave for serious medical conditions, either your own or those of family members. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), if you make a proper request to take a leave and your employer refuses, this is considered "interference" and is it is unlawful. It is also unlawful for an employer to retaliate against you for taking leave under FMLA, such as firing you or demoting you upon your return.

If you have experienced either of these, attorney Patrick Flanigan will fight on your behalf. He will seek the remedies to which you are entitled, including reinstatement and an accrual of the rights you would have had (such as raises, promotion or seniority) had you not been terminated unlawfully. Also, if we can prove willful retaliation by your employer, you may be eligible to receive double damages: wages lost plus an equal amount as a penalty for the willful act.

Understand and Protect Your Rights As an Employee

If you believe you have a claim under the Family and Medical Leave Act, you do not need to feel helpless or angry about the situation. Take proactive steps toward understanding and protecting your rights - contact us online or call 610-628-0539 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced employment lawyer.


The Law Office of Patrick Flanigan is a maritime law firm that represents clients nationwide. It serves clients in states along the eastern seaboard including Maryland, Massachusetts (including New Bedford, MA), New York and New Jersey (including Cape May, NJ), as well as Maine (including Portland, ME), Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Connecticut and Rhode Island; and the states of Alaska (including Kodiak Island and Dutch Harbor, AK), Louisiana, Alabama and California.