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Legal Statutes: District of Columbia

UPDATED April 11, 2017

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Part B. Domestic Violence.

back to top§ 51-131. Separation from employment due to domestic violence.

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, no otherwise eligible individual shall be denied benefits for any week because the individual was separated from employment by discharge or voluntary or involuntary resignation due to domestic violence against the individual or any member of the individual's immediate family, unless the individual was the perpetrator of the domestic violence.

(b) For the purposes of this part, the term “domestic violence” shall have the same meaning as “intrafamily offense”, as defined in § 16-1001(8).

(Aug. 28, 1935, ch. 794, § 31, as added June 19, 2004, D.C. Law 15-171, § 2(b), 51 DCR 4701; Mar. 25, 2009, D.C. Law 17-368, § 4(i), 56 DCR 1338; July 23, 2010, D.C. Law 18-192, § 2(d), 57 DCR 4500.)