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Know the Laws: North Carolina

UPDATED August 17, 2016

Workplace Protections

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Being a victim of domestic violence can affect many parts of your life, including your job.  Under North Carolina employment discrimination law, your employer may not fire you, demote you, deny you a promotion or discipline you because you took reasonable time off from work to get a domestic violence protective order.  You may file a complaint against an employer if you feel that s/he has fired you or because you are victim of domestic violence who took time off work to obtain a protective order.  Also, if you have to quit your job because of domestic violence, you may still be entitled to unemployment benefits.  The laws that protect you are explained below.

Unemployment benefits

back to topIf I need to quit my job due to domestic violence, can I get unemployment benefits?

Normally if a person quits her job, s/he would not be eligible for unemployment benefits but there is an exception for victims of domestic violence.  If you are a victim of domestic violence and you believe that continued employment will put you or your family in immediate danger, you can quit and still be eligible for unemployment benefits if you can provide evidence of domestic violence including: (i) law enforcement, court, or federal agency records or files; (ii) documentation from a domestic violence or sexual assault program if you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault; or (iii) documentation from a religious, medical, or other professional who you went to for help in dealing with the domestic violence.*  Unlike the above laws explained on the rest of this page, it is not required that you have a protective order to qualify for these unemployment benefits.

* NCGS § 96-14(1)(f)

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