HR Updates

Application of Title VII and ADA to Victims of Domestic Violence

Thursday, January 24, 2013 16:21

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued a Questions and Answers Fact Sheet related to “The Application of Title VII and the ADA to Applicants or Employees Who Experience Domestic or Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking”. For the first time the EEOC has stated that these laws offer protections to applicants and employees suffering these types of situations, including all such conduct that occurs outside the workplace.

As an example, employers may not discipline, fire, or refuse to hire a victim of domestic violence for fear that he/she will bring too much “drama” to the workplace. Depression or other health problems that arise from such violence protect victims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The fact sheet may be accessed HERE. This publication serves as a reminder to employers to review their domestic violence policies to ensure not only their effectiveness, but also their compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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