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Employer’s Ambiguous Communications Lead to Trial in FMLA Case

May 7, 2021

Via: HR Hero

Ambiguous and confusing communications by an employer and benefits administrator to an employee about her Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and short-term disability (STD) leave requests created issues of fact for a trial to decide, a federal district court in Columbus recently ruled.


Abby Knaup worked for Molina Healthcare of Ohio from April 2017 to November 10, 2018. She claimed three coworkers harassed and bullied her during her tenure at the company. Her primary complaint was that they falsely told HR she was having an affair with her supervisor, which caused her to have to meet with HR three times.

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