Pregnancy and maternity leave

Christina Coleman, Attorney, shares advice for women on how many weeks of pregnancy and maternity leave the FMLA provides and other benefits the state or your employer may provide
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The FMLA provides up to 12 weeks. If you have saved all of those 12 weeks, you can take all of that time. Remember, you have state disability benefits and your employer might have a disability policy. You might be able to take a portion of disability leave for six to eight weeks, depending on the type of birth. Then you can take your FMLA leave after that. Conceivably, you could have six or eight weeks plus, twelve weeks. A lot of that is going to depend on your particular employer's policies.

Christina Coleman, Attorney, shares advice for women on how many weeks of pregnancy and maternity leave the FMLA provides and other benefits the state or your employer may provide

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Christina Coleman

Attorney & Mother of a Diabetic

Christina M. Coleman, a California native, was admitted to practice law in 1997. As in-house Corporate Counsel for a family of Internet/Telecommunications Companies, she oversaw all litigation and some corporate matters. In 2000, Ms. Coleman's outstanding track record caused her to join a plaintiff's litigation firm focusing on catastrophic injury (financial and physical) cases. While at this firm, Ms. Coleman met Lisa L. Maki where they co-counseled in a few high-profile cases. As a result, they became fast friends in their pursuit of justice for their clients.

Ms. Coleman is a highly skilled litigator and negotiator who has been the key to obtaining multi-million dollar jury trials and settlements, including a 7.2 million dollar jury verdict for an individual and company in Orange County, California. In March 2006, Ms. Coleman and Ms. Maki joined forces and Ms. Coleman is the firm's senior litigator and negotiator. In this role, she continues to represent plaintiffs in their struggle for justice and fairness in the workplace and in the corporate arena.

Ms. Coleman has lectured for the Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, and has been published in the Advocate. She has also served on the editorial board for an employment related treatise for James Publishing. Ms. Coleman was Consumer Attorneys of California’s finalist nominee for Consumer Attorney of the Year in 2008, and finalist nominee for Streetfighter of the Year in 2010. 

A member of the California Bar, Ms. Coleman graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (BA 1993) and University of San Diego School of Law (JD. 1997). Ms. Coleman currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young daughters, and proudly participates in many legal and bar organizations

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