School janitor takes five-week leave for diabetes, leaves the country.
Law Offices of Tanya Gomerman, APC by Maria Bourn and Michael Brooks, San Francisco.
Weakley & Arendt, PC by James Arendt, Fresno.
Scott Barer, human resources.
Antonio Avalos, economics.
Stephanie Rizzardi, economics.
Plaintiff worked for Porterville Unified School District since 1998 as a custodian. During his employment, he was diagnosed with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. In or around May 2017, he spoke to his medical provider about his medical condition and the two agreed a medical leave was appropriate.
During plaintiff's five-week medical leave, defendant discovered that plaintiff was out of the country and demanded he return to work within less than 24 hours. Defendant then invoked an automatic resignation process and terminated plaintiff's employment.
That plaintiff was terminated in violation of the California Family Right Act, which allows employees to take protected leave because of their disability.
That plaintiff automatically resigned pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement.