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Legal Information: Florida

Workplace Protections

Updated: 
January 27, 2020

Do I need to give my employer documentation of the domestic violence, if I take time off from work for my domestic violence situation?

Yes. Florida state law says that you must give your employer documentation (proof in writing), to show that domestic violence against you (or your family member) was the reason why you took time off from work. Your employer has the right to decide what documents s/he needs from you.1

Florida law does not say what types of documents you need to show your employer to prove that you were off from work to handle domestic violence against you or a family member. However, here are some possible documents that your employer might be okay with:

  • A police report showing that you took off from work because of domestic violence crime against you;
  • A court order or a letter from a court employee or your attorney, to show that you missed work to go to court; or
  • A doctor’s note or a letter from a counselor, therapist, rape crisis center, that says you took off from work to get medical help or treatment for emotional or physical injuries, from domestic violence or sexual assault.

1 Fla. Stat. § 741.313(4)(a)