District of Columbia Employment Law Update — May 2019
Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Offenses, and Stalking Amendment Act
On April 11, 2019, the District of Columbia released the law enacting the Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Offenses, and Stalking Amendment Act of 2018 (Bill No. B22-0014 and Act No. A22-0609). The act provides the following protections:
- Employers, employment agencies, and labor organizations (employers) are prohibited from taking any hiring or other employment actions that are solely or partially driven by an employee or potential employee’s attendance, participation in, preparation for, or request for leave for any criminal, civil, or administrative proceeding related to domestic violence, sexual offenses, or stalking as related to the employee or the employee’s family member.
- Employers may not discriminate based on the seeking of physical or mental health treatment or counseling, a request for reasonable accommodations, or a disruption caused by a person who has committed or threatened to commit domestic violence, a sexual offense, or stalking.
- Employers are prohibited from disclosing any statements or documents provided by the victim or a family member of a victim unless authorized in writing by the individual, ordered by a court or administrative agency, provided to law enforcement, as necessary to protect other employees, or to provide a reasonable accommodation to the individual.
The law is projected to be effective May 1, 2019.