FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT DISPUTE IN KRENZKE V. ALEXANDRIA MOTOR CARS, INC.
In the case Krenzke v. Alexandria Motor Cars, Inc., the appellate court must decide whether or not Julie Krenzke deserved a claim to unpaid absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Julie Krenzke was employed by Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria Motor Cars, Inc. as a Financial Services Manager. She worked from March 2002 until October 2004, demonstrating superior knowledge and work ethic in her field of work. However, Krenzke had a history of being late or absent to work due to various vague health complications. Krenzke’s last bout of health problems working for Lindsay Lexus started on the morning of September 29th, 2004 when she woke up with heart palpitations, nausea, shaking and dizziness – symptoms of extreme stress and anxiety. Instead of going to work that day, Krenzke visited her primary care physician, Dr. Michael Greene. Dr. Greene faxed Krenzke’s direct supervisor, Victoria Chase, a note excusing her from work “due to illness” for two days. Dr. Greene placed Krenzke on a 24 hour heart monitor and prescribed her medication.
After missing two days of work, Krenzke returned to work on October 2, 2004 and met with Jeff Warner, the general manager of Lindsay Lexus. Krenzke sought another leave of absence due to her continuing illness. Warner denied her not only of a leave of absence, but of her suggestion to work part time for the company. On October 7, 2004, Dr. Greene sent another concise note to Krenzke’s employers stating that, “[He] recommended 2 weeks no work due to medical complications and illness.” After another meeting between Krenzke, Warner, and the corporate controller, Harry Brenner, Krenzke’s request for a medical leave of absence was denied. Due to the company’s unwillingness to agree to a medical leave of absence, Krenzke quit her job on October 11, 2004, and continued medical treatment with Dr. Greene on the dates October 25, November 2, and November...
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