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EEOC issues guidance for helping victims of domestic violence

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The EEOC recently issued new guidance showing how two key federal laws may affect employer efforts to assist employees victimized by domestic violence.

THE LAW: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The ADA prevents employers from discriminating against qualified employees because of their disabilities, including cases where the employer regards the em­­ployee as disabled when he or she is not and when the employee has a record of disability.

WHAT’S NEW: The EEOC’s new publication, Questions and Answers: The Application of Title VII and the ADA to Applicants or Employees Who Experience Domestic or Dating Vio­­lence, Sexual Assault or Stalking, uses specific examples to show em­­ployers how they might be inadvertently compounding the pain domestic violence victims ex­­perience—and how that might create legal liability for employers.

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