Is it legal for an employer to refuse time off to attend a sibling’s funeral?

My only brother died from injuries received in a car accident and my boss would not give time off to fly to new mexico for the funeral.

Asked on June 6, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There is no legal right to bereavement leave. The fact is that a company can set the terms of employment much as it sees fit; this includes denying a worker time off to attend a family member's funeral. This holds true unless such action violates company policy, the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. Also, this treatment must not constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination.


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