Almost everyone knows how difficult the loss of a beloved pet can be. But is it upsetting enough to qualify for FMLA leave?
One employee, who was having a particularly hard time coping with the loss of his dog, thought so.
Joseph Buck worked as a machinist for Mercury Marine in Wisconsin. One day he called his supervisor, asking for a vacation day to deal with the death of his dog. At the time, Buck did not mention how severely affected he was by this — he had been unable to sleep since putting his dog down. Buck’s employer