Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights

  • This letter is drafted to challenge, under New York City’s Human Rights Law, a firing, demotion, or other change in how you are treated at work because your employer knows you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. It also requests “reasonable accommodations,” or changes at the workplace, to help you stay safe and do your job.
  • Employment Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking Working in New York City.
  • Brochure for Advocates on How to Help Clients Stay Safe and Employed in New York City.

  • This letter requests a “reasonable accommodation” under New York City’s Human Rights Law. A reasonable accommodation is a change at work that will help you stay safe and allow you to do your job. You can also use this letter to ask for time off to take steps to address the violence.
  • Are you a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking? Is it affecting your ability to do your job? Are you thinking about – or have you already – quit your job because of the violence? Or were you fired because of the violence?

  • Derechos en empleo para las víctimas de la Violencia Doméstica, la Agresión Sexual, o el Acoso que trabajan en la ciudad de Nueva York: Como Mantener Su Seguridad y Seguir Trabajando.
  • It is not unusual for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking to have been arrested for or convicted of crimes related to the violence. Additionally, proceedings related to protective orders can sometimes appear on criminal background checks, even if the protective order was issued on your behalf against your abuser or the perpetrator of an assault. When you are looking for a job, you may be asked about your arrest record or your criminal record. This guide answers some common questions about laws that can protect you against discrimination and afford you privacy.
  • Frecuentemente las víctimas de la violencia doméstica, la agresión sexual, o el acoso son arrestadas o condenadas por los crímenes de violencia que sufren. Adicionalmente, si usted inicia un proceso para obtener una orden de protección contra su abusador, eso puede aparecer en una verificación de historial criminal aunque la orden de protección no sea contra usted. Cuando busca un trabajo, puede ser que le pregunten si ha sido arrestada o sobre su récord criminal. Esta guía fue escrita para contestar preguntas comunes sobre leyes creadas para protegerla contra la discriminación y para proteger su privacidad.
  • Domestic or sexual violence often affects victims or survivors at work. Victims may need time off to address the violence. They may also need changes made at work to stop the abuser or perpetrator from harassing them at work or to make the workplace safer. Some victims are illegally fired because of the violence. There are many laws that give victims working in New York City important rights and benefits. This guide answers some common questions.
  • El abuso doméstico y la violencia sexual muchas veces afectan a las personas en su trabajo. Víctimas tal vez necesiten ausentarse del trabajo para afrontar los problemas asociados con la violencia. A veces, las víctimas de violencia necesitan pedir ciertos cambios en el trabajo para prevenir que su abusador o instigador las acose en el trabajo o para hacer que su sitio de trabajo sea mas seguro para ellas. Algunas víctimas de violencia son despedidas de su trabajo ilegalmente debido a la violencia. Existen varias leyes en la cuidad de Nueva York que les dan ciertos derechos y beneficios en su trabajo a las víctimas del abuso. Esta guía intenta responder a preguntas comunes sobre estos derechos.
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