Vermont Crime Victims Protection from Discrimination and Leave
In 2018, Vermont lawmakers passed the Employment Protection for Victims of Crime Law (HB 711) adding crime victim status to the list of classes that are protected from employment discrimination. The law protects both employees and job applicants from discriminatory practices and retaliation based on crime victim status.
In addition, the law requires employers to provide employees who are crime victims with job-protected, unpaid leave to attend certain legal proceedings relating to the crime.
The law also requires employers to post in the workplace the Vermont Employment Protection for Victims of Crime Employee Notice of Rights describing the provisions of the law. Employers who already have a Vermont All-On-One™ Labor Law Poster or Mobile Poster Pak™ can update these products with a Employee Notice of Rights Peel ‘N Post™ sticker formatted to fit the All-On-One poster or the MPP booklet.
Employment Protection for Victims of Crime Posting Details
The Employment Protections for Victims of Crime – Notice of Employee Rights is the official workplace posting. The Employment Protection for Victims of Crime notice summarizes the main features of the law.
- The posting informs victims of crime that they are protected from harassment or other discrimination based on their status as a crime victim.
- The posting defines four categories of “crime victims.” A crime victim is a person who has:
- obtained a court order based on abuse of a family or household member;
- obtained a court order against stalking or sexual assault;
- obtained a court order against abuse of a vulnerable adult; or
- who has sustained physical, emotional or financial injury as a result of a crime and is identified as a crime victim in a law enforcement affidavit.
- Crime victims may use the leave to attend:
- criminal proceedings where the employee has the right or is required to appear;
- proceedings for relief from abuse, neglect or exploitation where the employee is the plaintiff; and
- hearings to obtain an order against stalking or sexual assault.
- While on crime victim leave, an employee may use sick leave, vacation or any other paid leave.
- Employees must continue to receive employment benefits while on crime victim leave and have the right to return to the same job or a comparable job upon return.
- Contact information is provided for the Vermont Attorney General Civil Rights Unit which handles private sector complaints and the Vermont Human Rights Commission which handles State employment complaints.
Ensure your workplace is compliant with the requirement to post the official Vermont Employment Protection for Victims of Crime notice. Posting is effective immediately.