The Complaint

Lindsley v. Heartland Business Systems LLC

Lindsley v. Heartland Business Systems LLC (E.D. Wis., 2:21-cv-00403)

Heartland Business Systems LLC is being sued by a senior systems engineer Michael Lindsley for interference with FMLA. He started working for them in July 2016 and “reported directly to Paul Gilreath, Manager, who reported directly to Peter Helander, Owner.”

“On or about December 21, 2020, Plaintiff informed Gilreath that he had to undergo back surgery in the near future”

In approximately December 2020 and January 2021, Defendant consistently questioned Plaintiff regarding:

  • Anticipated Timing
  • Use
  • Duration of His FMLA
  • Work Coverage

Plaintiff’s back surgery on or about February 5, 2021 and “and subsequent recovery rendered him unable to work”

“On or about February 3, 2021, Defendant terminated Plaintiff’s employment”

The company “intentionally interfered with Plaintiff’s rights by terminating Plaintiff’s employment for using, and/or in order to prevent him from using, protected leave, in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act”