California Senate Moves to Protect Jobs of Victims of Gender-Based Violence

California Senate Moves to Protect Jobs of Victims of Gender-Based Violence
May 13, 2013

The Senate today passed SB 400 (Jackson), co-sponsored by LAS-ELC, which would protect the employment of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.  SB 400 would ensure that employers make appropriate workplace accommodations for victims, and that people experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking are not terminated for disclosing their victim status.

"This legislation is essential for ensuring the safety of all employees in the workplace and for protecting the economic security of survivors of abuse,” said staff attorney Rachael Langston. “Without the means to support themselves and their children, survivors often feel they have no choice but to remain in a violent relationship.”

The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center is a co-sponsor of the bill, along with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).