Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Sunday, March 6, 2011

FMLA Does Not Cover Faith Healing Trip


Tayag v. Lahey Clinic, ____F.3d____(1st Cir. Jan. 22, 2011), is both an interesting and important case. The First Circuit held that a company that fired a woman for taking unapproved time off to accompany her husband on a “faith healing” trip did not violate the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The circuit areed with a lower court's finding that the trip, a seven-week “healing pilgrimage” was not protected under the statute “because it was effectively a vacation.” Such travel is not “medical care” as defined by the FMLA, 29 U.S.C. § 2601. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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