Work & Family Policy Database
Domestic Violence Leave
Subject: Domestic Violence and the Workplace, Job-Protected Leave
Statute/Code Cite: O.R.S. Secs. 659A.270, 659A.272, 659A.277, 659A.280, 659A.290
Summary: A worker who is a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or is the parent or guardian of a minor child or dependent who is a survivor, may take reasonable, unpaid time off from work. To be covered by the law, a worker must work for more than 25 hours a week for at least 180 days before taking leave, and work for an employer who has six or more employees during 20 or more workweeks a year. The leave can be used to seek legal, medical, mental health, safety or relocation services. The employer is also prohibited from refusing to make reasonable safety accommodations requested by an individual who is a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.
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