Temporal Proximity Not Enough Evidence to Support FMLA Discrimination

Temporal Proximity Not Enough Evidence to Support FMLA Discrimination

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. terminated Reginald Williams, a concrete truck driver, a month after he returned from FMLA leave. Williams alleges the company fired him because he requested and took FMLA leave. Martin Marietta, however, points to an attendance policy instituted almost a year earlier. Under the policy, Williams received two unexcused absences and multiple tardies after being suspended for insubordination. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirms the district court’s judgment that the termination had only temporal proximity to the FMLA leave but was not based on discrimination because of the leave. Read the full case here