August 2013

Protected Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence

It’s sad, but it happens.  Humboldt County employers encounter employees who are the victims of domestic violence.  What employers may not know is that those employees are entitled to certain protections.  California Labor Code sections 230 & 230.1 provide that employers may not discharge, discriminate or retaliate against victims of domestic violence or sexual assault if they must take time off to obtain or attempt to obtain judicial relief, such as a restraining order.  Unless it is not possible, the employee must give the employer reasonable notice before taking leave, and the employ