Caffarelli & Siegel recently celebrated a victory for its client, Darren Cuff, in the case of Cuff v. Trans States Holdings, Inc., et al. In that case, Mr. Cuff brought a two-count complaint against his former employer, Trans State Holdings, after it unlawfully denied his request for FMLA leave and retaliated against him. Mr. Cuff, who suffered from bipolar disorder and Crohn’s Disease, suffered flare-up’s and debilitating complications in late 2009. After consulting with his physician who found it medically necessary for Mr. Cuff to take time off work, Mr. Cuff informed his supervisors he needed to take a portion of his FMLA leave. Nevertheless, Mr. Cuff’s supervisors falsely told Mr. Cuff that Trans State Holdings was not large enough to qualify for FMLA. Consequently, against his physician’s advice, Mr. Cuff attempted to continue working. However, by late December 2009, Mr. Cuff realized he could not continue working without seriously jeopardizing his health. Mr. Cuff followed the advice of his doctor and took his physician-recommended FMLA leave. Defendants subsequently designated Mr. Cuff’s absences as unexcused and fired him.
After the Court granted Mr. Cuff’s motion for summary judgment and held that Trans State Holdings had interfered with his right to FMLA leave, the case was sent to a jury to determine damages. Following a two day trial in front of Judge Leinenweber, the jury found that if Trans State Holdings had properly granted FMLA leave to Mr. Cuff, he would have returned to work. Accordingly, the jury awarded damages to Mr. Cuff. Caffarelli & Siegel is pleased Mr. Cuff was finally able to achieve a fair and final resolution to his time with his former employer.