Unemployment benefits possible for victims of domestic abuse

Unemployment benefits possible for victims of domestic abuse

As WBAL News reports, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown wants a law passed that will provide for unemployment benefits for people who lose their jobs or quit employment because of domestic abuse.

According to the report, 163 Maryland women must choose safety over working every year.

This bill turns long-standing law regarding unemployment benefits on its head-one part of it anyway: employees who quit cannot take unemployment benefits. Employees must generally be fired or otherwise lose their jobs through no fault of their own.

But for many people who claim to be victims of domestic violence, often they must quit in order to provide for their own safety. One representative of a domestic abuse center said, “We’ve had plenty of clients experience their abusers not only calling and harassing them at work, but also showing up at work and sometimes perpetrating violence at their place of employment.”

Lt. Gov. Brown says that the benefits (in terms of workplace productivity and lives saved) outweigh the cost of the law.

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