Last week, Legal Aid testified at the D.C. Council in support of the “Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence Amendment Act of 2015” in a joint committee hearing hosted by Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and Councilmember Vincent Orange.
The proposed bill amends the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act to provide DV survivors greater protections against discrimination in the workplace. Specifically, the bill prohibits an employer from terminating or retaliating against an employee who is a victim of domestic violence and takes time off to obtain medical or legal services related to the violence. The bill also requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for DV survivors in order to ensure a safe workplace. At the hearing, there was a broad consensus among Councilmembers, advocates and government officials that the D.C. Office of Human Rights, rather than the Department of Employment Services should be the enforcing agency. Read more →