Do you have a few minutes to speak out in support of improving workplace protections for survivors? House Bill 2661 strengthens Washington law to ensure survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking cannot be fired, denied employment, or subject to other discrimination at work because they are victims of abuse. The bill also requires employers to make reasonable safety accommodations as requested by the survivor.
Here's how you can help:
WHO TO CALL: Your senator. (Don't know who they are or how to reach them? Use this District Finder tool.)
WHAT TO SAY: "Hi, my name is ________. I urge your support of House Bill 2661. Survivors of gender-based violence should not have to choose between their safety and their livelihoods. This bill will prevent survivors from being fired because THEY are victims of abuse, and will go even further to ensure they have access to reasonable safety accommodations. Please support survivors by passing this bill when it comes up for a vote."
Even though Washingtonians can earn paid safe time to use if they need to take time from work due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, there is nothing explicit in the law that prevents them from being fired simply because of their survivor status.
We've heard from survivors and their advocates about how prevalent this really is. One woman was a server at a restaurant when she obtained a domestic violence protection order against her abuser. She told her employer, so that they could help her ensure her abuser didn't come around the restaurant. The employer told her they "couldn't have that around here" and fired her.
Please join us in urging legislators to fix this problem!