School called daughter fractured ankle would not let me go to pick her up from school

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School called daughter fractured ankle would not let me go to pick her up from school

What legal right do employers have when
it comes to you having to leave the job
when there’s an emergency

Asked on April 27, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There is no law that mandates an employer must allow a worker to leave their job in the event of a family emergency. The employee can have an excused absence if they use their PTO  (i.e. sick/vacation days) to cover the time, otherwise they cannot leave the work premises without possibly facing disipline (up to and including termination). That having been said, they may have prtection under the terms of any exisiting union agreement or employment contract. Further, the employee's treatment must not constitue some form of legally actionable discrimination (which does not appear to have been the case here).


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