Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking

What is it?

Employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking are entitled to unpaid, job-protected leave to seek services that protect themselves and their children or to attend court proceedings.

Services may include:

  • Medical attention for injuries;
  • Referrals to a domestic violence shelter, program or rape crisis center
  • Psychological counseling;
  • Safety planning and other actions to increase safety from future domestic violence or sexual assault, including temporary or permanent relocation; or
  • Temporary restraining orders, permanent restraining orders or other injunctive relief.

You cannot be fired or retaliated against because you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

Who is eligible?

  • Employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking are eligible.

How long is the leave?

  • The law does not require a specific duration for such leaves and the reasonableness of the length of a leave will be determined on a case by case basis by each department.

Is it paid?

  • The leave is unpaid. However, an employee may elect to use accrued paid leave such as sick leave or vacation.

How do I request the leave?

  • Talk to your supervisor, manager or Human Resources. Employees must provide reasonable advance notice of the need for leave unless advance notice is not feasible.
  • An employee may be required to provide certification of the need for leave. Certification may include a police report, court documents or a note from a healthcare provider who provided treatment for physical or mental injuries incurred as a result of the domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

Accommodations for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking

  • You also have the right to reasonable accommodations that may keep you safe at work. Safety needs may include a new work phone number, a transfer, or a different schedule.

How do I request an accommodation?

  • You can talk to your supervisor, manager or you can contact the County Disability Unit Manager.
  • An employee may be required to provide certification of the need for accommodation. Certification may include a police report, court documents or a note from a healthcare provider who provided treatment for physical or mental injuries incurred as a result of the domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

Additional resources

Effective DateChanges Made
8/28/2018Policy established