New Jersey

Woman Fired for Leaving Work to Care for Dying Father Receives $45K in Settlement

A pediatric medical group has agreed to pay a former employee who cared for her dying father $45,000 to settle claims it had violated her rights under New Jersey's Family Leave Act.

Allison Blair was a billing coordinator with Tenafly Pediatrics when she called the company in 2014 to say she was going to care for her father under the act. She was fired nine days later after she returned due to her "unexcused" absence.

The company claimed Blair had failed to provide proper paperwork and she had exhausted her paid leave.

The state found Blair was entitled under the law to take family leave and her prior attendance record and any disciplinary matters "had no bearing" in the case.

Tenafly Pediatrics admits no wrongdoing or liability under the settlement.

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