While domestic violence is very often a private concern, there are many ways it can impact your performance at work. It may result in noticeable physical and emotional signs such as reduced productivity and excess absences. The perpetrator may even call or show up at your workplace and create a dangerous situation. Because of this, it may be necessary and even helpful to talk to your employer about the problem. Here is why you should let your employer know about domestic violence issues.
Do I Tell My Boss About My Family Issues?
An employer is responsible for your safety while at work and should be there to help. Talking to your boss may help prevent you from resigning or being fired because your work has suffered. Ask for a private meeting with your boss or Human Resources manager and be open about the problem and how it may affect your work. Also, discuss what you might need, such as time off or flexibility.
How Can My Employer Help?
Your employer may be able to help in a variety of ways, including:
- Providing leave for you to manage domestic violence issues
- Having procedures for handling emergencies
- Providing training regarding domestic abuse
- Offering support, such as Employee Assistance Programs and insurance-covered mental health treatment
Is There Any Legal Protection?
If your employer fires you after you reveal your domestic violence issues, legal protection may help. Many states have laws in place protecting victims from being fired or discriminated against, so be sure to check your state laws on domestic violence. In addition, the legal system has shown support for domestic violence victims related to unemployment benefits.
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