Legal Information: North Carolina

Workplace Protections

April 23, 2021

If I have to miss work due to a domestic violence protective order proceeding, can I be fired?

No. If you are the victim of  domestic violence and you have to miss work to obtain a protective order, an employer cannot fire you as long as you comply with your employer’s time-off policy or procedure.  If you have a domestic violence emergency that does not allow you to comply with your employer’s time-off policy, then you may have to provide documentation of why you were absent from the workplace.1  For example, if you are taking off to apply for a 50B domestic violence protection order, you can provide a copy of the ex parte order.

1 NCGS § 50B-5.5

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