A major logistics services company has paid more than $67,000 to a former employee who was fired after taking protected family leave.
Federal investigators said the dock supervisor at U.S. Logistics Solutions’ hub in Georgia requested leave for the birth of a child in April 2022.
Six weeks after the child was born, however, the employee was accused of payroll theft and fired.
The company subsequently canceled the worker’s original leave request from April.
Parental bonding — and caring for a spouse with a qualifying health condition — are protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Labor Department officials recovered $67,140 from the company for missed earnings, unpaid earned time off, and front pay for one year.
U.S. Logistics Solutions Inc. employs some 1,500 workers at 24 warehouses nationwide.