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Legal Information: California

Workplace Protections

April 2, 2020

I am afraid that my employer will harass me or tell other co-workers about my situation. Is this legal?

Your employer cannot fire you, threaten to fire you, harass you, put you at a lower-ranked position, suspend you, or punish you in any way for asking for time off, for taking time off, or for asking for reasonable accommodations.1 Also, the law requires your employer to keep your domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking situation confidential. For example, your employer cannot tell your co-workers, your clients, or other employers that you took time off to deal with domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. Your employer also cannot talk about or write about (disclose) the reason for your time off. The employer must also keep private any documents that you give him/her that relate to your domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking situation.2

1 Cal.Labor Code §§ 230(c), (e); 230.1(a), (c)
2 Cal.Labor Code §§ 230(d)(3); 230.1(b)(3)