In early 2020, an employee at a global food supplier left work early with flu-like symptoms. That day she obtained a doctor’s note recommending that she “stay out of work for three days, from February 19-21, 2020.” The employee requested to have five days off to recuperate. However, the note said nothing about her inability to work beyond those three days. Her employer terminated her on February 21.
The employee subsequently became a plaintiff and brought claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Specifically, she claimed that the defendant interfered with her FMLA rights by