This is absolutely illegal and the employer must put a stop to it immediately. The FMLA, in addition to permitting 12 weeks of unpaid leave, protects employees from harassment by employers or coworkers for using FMLA. The law looks on such action as retaliation and will impose stiff fines or penalties if the employer allows such actions. If the FMLA is causing hardship to workers, the problem is understaffing (a management issue) and not the use of FMLA.
Hope that helps you out. =)
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