Employment Discrimination Against Abused Women

Employment Discrimination Against Abused Women

Date: 
January 1, 2001

Were you fired, demoted, suspended, or forced to quit your job after your employer learned you were in an abusive relationship or a victim of a sexual assault or stalking? Are you being sexually harassed at work by the abuser? Have you been sexually assaulted at work?

Sometimes when an employer learns that an employee is a survivor of domestic or sexual violence, the employer reacts by discriminating against the survivor. This guide explains your rights if you have been sexually harassed or assaulted at work or have been fired, forced to quit, demoted, or harassed by your employer after your employer learned you were in an abusive relationship or the victim of sexual violence. Two kinds of laws that may apply are the laws concerning sex discrimination and wrongful discharge. These are discussed in this fact sheet.

There are also state and local laws that specifically make it illegal for employers to discriminate against victims of domestic or sexual violence.

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