California Medical Leave And Pregnancy Leave Attorneys

Both California Law and the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provide protection for California workers who must take time off of work to care for a sick family member or tend to a medical condition that impacts their personal welfare. California law also provides strong protections for women who must take pregnancy leave.

If you have been denied leave or retaliated against for taking medical leave or pregnancy leave, contact Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger in Modesto, California. Our employment lawyers represent clients throughout Northern California in employment law matters. We are committed to providing quality legal representation and superior service to each of our valued clients.


The federal law that provides workers with the right to take medical leave is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). California has various family leave laws, including the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Both the FMLA and CFRA authorize eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. You may be eligible to take leave if you are suffering from a medical condition (physical or mental). You may also be eligible if a family member is suffering from a medical condition. Additionally, you may also be eligible for leave for the birth or adoption of a child.

Pregnancy Leave

The California Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) Act provides up to four months of unpaid leave for employees disabled due to pregnancy-related conditions. Such conditions may include severe morning sickness, prenatal care, childbirth, recovery from childbirth and other pregnancy-related medical conditions.

The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) each provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a child. The PDL is for pregnancy-related medical complications. However, the CFRA and FMLA allow for leave for the purpose of bonding with a child.

If you feel you have been subjected to harassment or retaliation for taking pregnancy leave, protect your rights by consulting with an experienced employment law attorney at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger.

Contact A California FMLA Lawyer

Let us put our experience to work for you. To contact a Modesto medical leave or pregnancy leave lawyer at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger, call (209) 522-2211. You may also contact us by e-mail.