Legislation authored by a State Senator from Santa Barbara County intended to help domestic violence victims has been passed by the State Legislature, and is now on the governor’s desk, awaiting his action.
SB 400, by Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, would prevent employers from discriminating against, or firing employees who have been the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
The legislation is intended to help protect people like someone being stalked by an abusive former spouse. It would also require employers to make reasonable efforts to secure the safety of the victims, like changing work telephone numbers, or relocating their desks.
The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, which pushed for the legislation, says nearly 40% of domestic violence victims in the state reported either fearing the loss of their jobs, or being fired due to their circumstances.