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What employers need to know about domestic violence

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by Mark Moldenhauer, Esq., Bond Schoeneck & King, Buffalo

domestic violenceIn recent months, several incidents of domestic violence involving pro­­fessional athletes have made news. High-profile cases generate attention, but domestic violence is a problem of epidemic proportion. The Cen­­ters for Disease Con­­trol and Pre­­ven­­tion report that 25% of women and 10% of men have experienced physical or sexual violence or stalking by an intimate partner.

It’s no surprise, then, that domestic violence affects workplaces. Em­­ploy­­ers often struggle with how to react to such sensitive and highly personal situations.

Here are some of the considerations to weigh when confronted with a domestic violence case involving an employee.

Legal protection

In New York, domestic violence victim status is a protected category, which means an employer cannot take adverse job actions against the victim.

While federal law does not expressly provide this same pro...(register to read more)

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