Christopher J. Geis and Sonny S. Haynes of Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, LLP in Winston-Salem obtained a defense verdict in favor of the employer in a Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 ("FMLA") case. During her employment at a county jail, Plaintiff requested and took medical leave pursuant to the FMLA. When she attempted to return to work, her employer terminated her for misconduct that the employer became aware of while Plaintiff was on leave.
Plaintiff filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina alleging a violation of her rights under the FMLA and other state law claims.
After extensive discovery and briefing, the court granted Defendants' motion for summary judgment as to Plaintiff's state law claims.
The case proceeded to a jury trial in Raleigh on Plaintiff's FMLA interference claim. Experienced and aggressive attorneys represented Plaintiff. After a four-day trial and four hours of deliberations, the jury rendered a defense verdict on May 30, 2014.