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Colorado and Federal Laws on Domestic Violence


Taking time off work:

Time to testify at trial C.R.S. 24-4.1-303.

Time to seek a protection order, receive medical, mental health, or legal assistance, or secure your home C.R.S. 24-34-402.7.

If you feel you must leave your job because of safety concerns C.R.S. 8-73-108.

Protection Orders

Mandatory protective order in criminal cases, including no contact orders C.R.S. 18-1-1001.

Civil Protection Orders C.R.S. Title 13, Article 14.

Employers obtaining protection orders C.R.S. 13-14-104.5 and C.R.S. 13-14-105 (1)(f).

Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits resulting from job termination due to domestic violence C.R.S. 8-73-108 (4)(r).

Domestic Abuse Discrimination

Discrimination against domestic violence victims is prohibited (including by health insurance companies). C.R.S. 10-3-1104.8.

Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA)

Provision of a workplace free from recognized hazards 29 U.S.C. §654 (a)(1).

Required reporting by employers to OSHA regarding family member assault. 29 C.F.R. §1904.5.

Sexual Harassment

Acts of violence against men and women may violate state and/or federal anti-discrimination laws. 42 U.S.C. §2000e-3a.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Victims with injuries from domestic violence may fall within the parameters of the ADA. The ADA applies to businesses with 15 or more employees. 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.

Family Medical Leave Act

Requires up to 12 weeks of inpaid leave for an employee to deal with own medical matters or those of a spouse, parent, or child's serious medical condition. This applies to employers with 50 or more employees. 29 U.S.C. §2612 (a)(1).

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Reauthorized and updated in 2013. Click here to view the Act.