Domestic Violence Victems who work

have new protections in Conneticut. http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/article.asp?articleid=102508

“explicitly prohibits an employer from refusing to hire, terminating, penalizing, threatening, or otherwise retaliating against any employee because the worker is a victim of family violence or because the employee attends or participates in a court proceeding related to a civil case in which he or she is a victim of family violence.”

Why does this matter? It is hard to find homeless women employment, especially if they are experiencing DV. Keeping therapy appointments,court dates and other interruptions to work makes it difficult for even the most understanding employer to keep someone on the payroll – much less want to hire them.

But, having been in  a DV situation does not take away from the drive, talent or skill that a worker could bring to a job.  And someone escaping DV needs that job and paycheck desperately.

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