Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Domestic violence is not limited to the home. It can reach the workplace. A domestic violence victim may leave home and move to a shelter or change the address but the abuser generally knows the workplace. Many abusers harass the victims even at their workplace. The victim may have to miss work for days because of injuries or court procedures. The laws have been changed to ensure that victims are not penalized for missing work.

Under Federal labor law section 593(1), a victim of domestic violence who voluntarily quits his or her employment will be eligible for unemployment benefits. In New York, it is a crime to penalize an employee (victim or witness to the offense) for missing work due to court appearance. Employers are required by state and federal laws to provide a safe work environment.

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