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Important note: Although courts may be closed or accepting limited cases due to COVID-19, there should still be a way to file for a protection order and other emergency relief. See our Frequently Asked Questions Involving Courts and COVID-19, or call your local courthouse for more details.

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Workplace Protections

Workplace Protections

Although federal anti-discrimination laws protect people against workplace discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, pregnancy, and disabilities, some state laws take it a step further and specifically protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In addition, many state laws guarantee a victim of abuse the right to take off from work to attend court or receive help to deal with the abuse.

You can find state-specific information about workplace protection laws on WomensLaw.org for the states listed in the drop-down menu above.

For states that are not listed on WomensLaw.org, you can find the language of relevant laws in Legal Momentum’s Employment Laws for Victims of Domestic or Sexual Violence. (Please note that WomensLaw.org is not affiliated with this website and cannot vouch for the information contained on it.)