When you assert rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and attempt to take leave under the FMLA you must request leave, but you do not necessarily have to reference the FMLA specifically. This means that you just have to ask for leave that qualifies under the act. You don't have to say that the request is under the FMLA. Leave the qualifies for FMLA leave is leave for a "serious health condition." But the key here is that you don't have to specifically refer to the FMLA. There are many people who might not even be aware of their rights under the FMLA, and since they don't even know of the FMLA they would naturally not specifically refer to it when they request time off. But since they do not have to refer to the FMLA, they are still entitled to their leave rigths.
The federal FMLA allows for 12 weeks of unpaid leave (including medical insurance if provided). The FMLA does not apply to all businesses. Just large ones. Note that Connecticut has its own state version of the FMLA so the employer is in Connecticut, then you will have additional FMLA rights.
If you or anyone you know were denied your FMLA rights contact the Groton FMLA law firm, The Bartinik Law Firm, PC., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut 860 445 8521 or toll free 888 717 4211.