Employee’s Failure to Respond To Request for More Information Regarding Leave Request Doomed FMLA Claim
Robert Righi worked as a sales rep for SMC Corporation of America. On several occasions Righi would request vacation time to care for his mother. He would email his manager, Louis King, for prior approval. The company policy was to require employees to obtain prior approval from a supervisor before taking leave. The policy further provided that a failure to report for work for two consecutive days without notifying the supervisor is grounds for termination.