employment - FMLA - waiver of rights
Dougherty v. TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA - ED Pa. - August 29, 2006
The court held that a purported waiver of Plaintiff's FMLA rights was invalid under a DOL regulation, 29 CFR 825.220(d) and the 4th Cir. decision in Taylor v. Progress Energy, 415 F.3d 364 (2005) and similar cases.
The court rejected a contrary decision in Faris v. Williams WPC, 332 F.3d 316 (5th Cir. 2003), that the anti-waiver provision applied only to current employees and only prohibited prospective waivers of rights.
In this case, plaintiff's employment had been terminated at the time she signed the disputed release/waiver.