United States: Hawaii Passes Legislation Protecting Domestic Violence Victims from Discrimination
Monday, August 29, 2011 11:55 AM

The U.S. state of Hawaii has passed a law, known as Act 206, which prohibits employment-related discrimination against victims of domestic or sexual violence. Many victims have been fired or denied a job because employers believed that the domestic or sexual violence would prevent the victim from performing her work tasks. Act 206 makes this discrimination illegal and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees dealing with domestic or sexual violence. The law aims to ensure that victims can file for a protective order without fear of losing their jobs.

Compiled from: Groundbreaking Legislation Protects Domestic, Sexual Violence Victims, Sexual Violence Research Initiative (15 August 2011).