Know Your Rights: Intimate Partner Violence & Employment Discrimation

California law protects survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking in many different ways. Of note, the following is a list of protections that are enforceable only if the complaint is filed within one year of the date of violation.

If you are a victim of intimate partner violence and/or stalking, your employer cannot fire you or discriminate against you:

  • for taking time off from work to ensure safety: “to obtain or attempt to obtain relief to help ensure his or her health, safety, or welfare, or that of his or her child(ren)” Labor Code section 230 (c)
  • for your status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking, “if the victim provides notice to the employer of the status or the employer has actual knowledge of the status” Labor Code section 230 (e)
  • for taking time off to seek medical attention: if you work for an employer with 25 or more employees: “to obtain services from a domestic violence program or psychological counseling, or to participate in safety planning” Labor Code section 230.1

Also, you have the right to feel safe while at work: “An employer of any size shall provide reasonable accommodations for a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking who requests an accommodation for the safety of the victim while at work” Labor Code Section 230 (f).


If you have questions about your rights as a survivor of intimate partner violence or you’d like to know about your options, please call our toll free hotline, 24 hours a day: 888-385-4657.


By CCS Staff Lindsay Riedel, Education & Outreach Manager

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