Work & Family Policy Database
Leave for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Subject: Domestic Violence and the Workplace, Job-Protected Leave
Bill: H.B. 105
Sponsor: Murray (D)
Date Introduced: 02/16/2011
Referred to House Committee on Judicial Ethics: 02/16/2011
Guarantees leave for workers who are victims of domestic violence, if they work for an employer with 50 or more employees. Victims who have worked for such an employer for at least one year would be able to take up to five days of unpaid leave per year to deal with medical, legal or other related issues stemming from the violence. Victims who have worked for such an employer for less than a year would be guaranteed up to three days of leave. The employer may require that the worker instead take any paid vacation or personal leave the worker has accrued.
A worker who is terminated after taking the leave may sue for reinstatement and back pay.
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