Drexel employee’s failure to complete paperwork dooms FMLA claim, 3rd Cir. finds

Drexel University did not interfere with an employee’s rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act when it terminated her after she failed to submit the necessary forms to extend her leave (Watson v. Drexel University, No. 20-3001 (3rd Cir., Sept. 27, 2021)).

The university approved the custodian’s requests for FMLA leave after she disclosed an illness and applied for time off through the school’s insurance carrier. 

The employee attempted to renew her leave, but she failed to submit the necessary medical documentation to support her request.

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