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Can I be refused leave from work necessary because of family violence?

No. There are two powerful statutes in Connecticut which protect victims of family violence. Section 54-85b makes it illegal for an employer to terminate an employee “because … the employee is a victim of family violence.” Section 31-51ss requires employers to permit such an employee to take up to twelve days leave per calendar year for various activities related to family violence.

So, if you have an abusive spouse or boyfriend and either you or your children have been victims of violence, and you need to be away from work for medical treatment, counseling, visits to court or the police or a victims services organization, your employer must let you take that time and may not punish you for it.

Any lawsuit under these laws must be brought quickly, within 180 days. You can win damages, reinstatement, and attorneys’ fees.

Contact The Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore if you think you’ve been wrongfully terminated!