Labor and Employment Law

Ca. Labor & Emp't Rev. JULY 2023, VOLUME 37, NUMBER 4



Scott Stillman


Imagine that your child gets diagnosed with cancer, requiring her left leg to be amputated and chemotherapy to begin immediately. You obviously take time off of work to care for your sick child, but there is no law guaranteeing you the right to get your job back after taking leave. In response to taking time away from work, your employer terminates you. While I wish this situation was never a reality, it sadly was for George and Vicki Yandle when their youngest daughter, Dixie, was diagnosed with cancer in 1987. The Yandles both took leave and were both fired.1 Six years later, in 1993, the Yandles were in the Rose Garden at the White House for the bill signing ceremony of landmark legislation-the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)2-which aimed to prevent what the Yandles endured.3

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