Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking & Employment: An Introduction to State and Federal Disability Laws

Domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking survivors often have physical or mental health disabilities that are caused or exacerbated by abuse. Under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, survivors with disabilities are entitled to a workplace free of discrimination and harassment and may be eligible for workplace reasonable accommodations for their disabilities, including a reduced work schedule, a leave of absence from work, or a transfer to a different position.

For further information about your employment rights, contact Project SURVIVE.


This Fact Sheet is intended to provide accurate, general information regarding legal rights relating to employment in California. Yet because laws and legal procedures are subject to frequent change and differing interpretations, the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center cannot ensure the information in this Fact Sheet is current nor be responsible for any use to which it is put. Do not rely on this information without consulting an attorney or the appropriate agency about your rights in your particular situation.