Cohen Milstein is investigating the abuse of workers’ rights by employers who deny them access to legally protected leave.

Workplace protections like the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and paid sick time laws may allow workers to take time off to care for themselves and others. They entitle some workers to leave for reasons related to pregnancy, serious medical needs, or care of a loved one.

Under so-called “no fault” attendance policies, however, workers may be penalized for these absences. These policies – embraced by some of the country’s largest employers – count “points” against employee absences regardless of reason. Accruing too many points can lead to discipline or termination. In effect, “no fault” policies make it difficult, if not impossible, for workers to exercise their legally protected rights to leave.

Employers who violate the law must be held accountable. If you have been disciplined or terminated for taking time off work, please consider participating in our investigation, and complete the form below.


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The attorneys investigating this matter are Kalpana Kotagal only admitted in the District of Columbia and New York) and Aniko Schwarcz (admitted only in the District of Columbia and Maryland).

In addition to completing the contact form above, please also feel free to contact us with any additional questions.

Contact Information:

Aniko Schwarcz, Director of Civil Rights and Employment Case Development (
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
1100 New York Avenue, N.W.
Suite 500, West Tower
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (888) 240-0775 or (202) 408-4600
Fax: (202) 408-4699