College Shoots ‘Airball’ in Basketball Coach’s FMLA Lawsuit

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An “airball,” or a basketball shot that misses the backboard, rim, and net entirely, sums up an appeals court’s recent opinion about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation and interference claims filed by a college coach. The ruling contains multiple lessons for all Texas employers covered by the Act.


Akia Stanton was the head women’s basketball coach at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, until the institution fired her in June 2018. Her FMLA claims derive from two events spanning a few weeks during the beginning of that summer.

First, the college’s student recruitment efforts

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