We previously blogged about the protections to victims of domestic violence as written in SB 400 (The Jackson Bill), and now we are blogging once more about the game-changing law. SB 400 has been expanded to include victims of stalking. Now, as the bill reads, “an employer with 25 or more employees shall not discharge or in any manner discriminate or retaliate against an employee who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking for taking time off from work to attend to any of the following:
(1) To seek medical attention for injuries caused by domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
(2) To obtain services from a domestic violence shelter, program, or rape crisis center as a result of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
(3) To obtain psychological counseling related to an experience of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
(4) To participate in safety planning and take other actions to increase safety from future domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including temporary or permanent relocation.”
The aforementioned will take effect on January 1, 2014, as will SB 288, which extends protections to victims and those associated with victims of violent crimes. SB 288 will make it unlawful to take adverse employment action toward victims of violent crimes who need to take time off to attend court hearings. Protections extend to victims' spouses, child, guardian, sibling, etc. as well.