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Was employee fired for strange threat or taking FMLA leave?

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Firing an employee around the same time they took FMLA leave is always a tricky situation, but there are some clear-cut instances where an employer can easily defend its decision. 


Tate Clark was a customer service agent for Southwest Airlines. He suffered from migraines and was approved for intermittent FMLA leave, which he took for four years without any issues.

The problem came when a co-worker reported a strange interaction to her supervisors. While she and Clark had been working on a shift together, she spotted him looking at trench coats online. When the co-worker asked if he was

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