The effects of domestic violence don't wait for victims to get home from work. They follow them into the workplace every day. It's imperative that you prepare HR andstaff should this issue arise in your workplace.
Know the laws on the books
While there is no federal legislation specifically prohibiting employment discrimination against, or mandating time off for, victims of domestic abuse, it's possible that one of the following laws might come into play.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If those in an abusive relationship work together, you could run afoul of Title VII's prohibition against sex discrimination if you treated a female employee who is a victim differently than a male employee who is the transgressor, for instance.
Example: Lisa and Lance live together. They work for the same employer, too. Lance assaults Lisa at home, as well as at work. Management responds by firing Lisa and ...(register to read more)
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