United States: New Law Protects Domestic Violence Victims from Employment Discrimination in California
Monday, October 28, 2013 9:25 PM

In the United States, California became the seventh state to adopt a law protecting victims of domestic violence from employment discrimination and to provide victims with the right to reasonable safety accommodations and procedures in their workplace. California was already one of the 13 states that have laws protecting a victim’s right to not be fired for taking time off for medical attention, injury recovery, counseling, relocation, or court proceedings. The author of the bill, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) noted that “[v]ictims will no longer fear losing their livelihoods and being re-victimized in the workplace because of the actions of their abusers.”
In March, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California) introduced a similar bill in Congress.