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Domestic Violence Victims and Unemployment Insurance

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Domestic Violence Victims and Unemployment Insurance

Post by Guest on Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:36 pm

Currently, 21 states regulate the receipt of unemployment compensation for domestic-abuse victims.

See list of these states in this link --

State Unemployment Laws for Domestic-Violence Victims

Here are the state laws:

Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New
York and North Carolina:
Victims can quit their jobs to protect themselves or their
children from domestic violence and receive UI benefits.

Colorado: People who quit their jobs due to
domestic abuse can obtain benefits if they can document the abuse.

Hawaii: Allows unpaid leave of absence when
employee (or minor child) is a domestic-abuse victim.

Montana: Domestic violence victims are
eligible to receive UI benefits.

New Hampshire: Allows for UI benefits if employee
leaves work to escape domestic violence by relocating, or after attempting to
return and the employer is unable to rehire the person.

New Jersey, Rhode
Island and Wisconsin:
In certain circumstances, domestic-abuse victims earn UI after quitting
a job.

Oregon: Allows domestic-violence victims to
collect benefits if health, safety or welfare would be endangered at current or
available workplaces.

South Carolina: Provides UI benefits to people
unemployed directly as a result of domestic abuse.

Washington: Allows UI benefits for victims of
domestic abuse or stalking.

Wyoming: Allows UI benefits for employees
forced to leave work due to documented domestic violence.

Source: National Conference of State

may be additional states that have been added to the list and updated
amendments on eligibility. Check with your UI office on this. Since
domestic violence victims may need assistance in advocating for their
rights, it would be helpful if these victims had an ally to go with them
to the UI office to apply.

Also, if you have questions, you can email National Employment Law Project at
(select a staff member listing their e-mail address)


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