Domestic violence and sexual assault survivors often need to take time off from their jobs to go to court to testify against a batterer or perpetrator or to get a restraining order to protect themselves and their children. Under California Labor Code 230, which is part of the “Survivors of Domestic Violence Employment Leave Act,” survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are entitled to job-guaranteed time off from work to testify in court as a witness or to ensure the health and safety of themselves and their children. Additionally, domestic violence and sexual assault survivors often need to take time off from their jobs to obtain assistance from a service provider and may need to go to a shelter to escape the violence. Under California Labor Code 230.1, which also is part of the “Survivors of Domestic Violence Employment Leave Act” employees who are survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault may take time off from work to obtain such services.
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.