Crime or Domestic Violence Victim Leave Policy
Author: Meryl Gutterman, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.
When to Use
While there is no federal law that specifically protects employees who are victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and/or other crimes, many states have enacted laws granting job protection and leave to such employees and/or employees whose family members have been victimized. These laws also typically prohibit employers from penalizing or terminating an employee because the employee exercises rights as a crime victim or a victim of domestic violence, which includes attending court as a witness in a related criminal proceeding. An employer should publish a written policy if it is located in a state that requires such leave or if this is an important value to the employer.