Custodian Claims He Was Fired For Taking COVID Go away

A former administrator in a school district in the Milwaukee area is suing this former employer, claiming he was fired after developing serious health conditions while on medical leave for COVID-19 testing. Duane Kaufmann claims the Greenfield School District violated his rights by firing him for exercising privileges granted to him under the Family Medical Leave Act, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

According to the criminal complaint, Kaufmann’s doctor gave him a note suggesting that he should be taken off work January 14-18 so that he could be tested for COVID-19, which Kaufmann believed he had gotten . During that vacation, Kaufmann claimed to have suffered from an unspecified illness that was serious and prevented him from working.

The complaint also states that Kaufmann was allegedly issued a written document on his last day of vacation reprimanding him and threatening to be fired if he continued to miss work. Weeks later, in early March, Kaufmann applied for medical leave so he could undergo surgery and then recover for six weeks – a length of absence that falls under the Family and Sick Leave Act. The district dismissed Kaufmann on March 15, citing the letter he received in mid-January.

The district HR manager told Journal Sentinel that it was the district’s policy not to comment on outstanding ligations. However, he said the allegations made in the complaint were incorrect and that the district was not unduly concerned about the lawsuit filed in the US Eastern District Court in Wisconsin.

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