Hawaii Violence in the Workplace laws & HR compliance analysis

Hawaii Violence in the Workplace: What you need to know

Under the state Fair Employment Law, an employer may not refuse to hire, refuse to employ, bar, discharge from employment, or otherwise discriminate against any individual in compensation or in the terms, conditions, and privileges of employment based on an employee’s status as a domestic or sexual violence victim. Employees and applicants that are victims of domestic or sexual violence (i.e., domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking), as well as those who have a minor child who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence, are protected. All employers are covered by the law (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 378–2).
Verification. Employers may verify that an employee is a victim of domestic or sexual violence by requesting a signed written statement from a person who gave assistance to the employee or employee’s minor child, such as a victim services organization, an attorney or advocate, a health professional, or a member of the clergy. Domestic or sexual violence victim status may also be verified with a police or court record indicating the occurrence of the domestic or sexual violence. An employer may verify that the employee is a victim of domestic or sexual violence not more than once every 6 months after being put on notice of the employee’s status as a victim. An employer is put on notice either by having actual knowledge of the employee’s status of being a victim of domestic or sexual violence or by receiving written verification. If the employee provides verification of victim status in the form of a protective order, the employer may not request any further form of verification until the date of the expiration of the protective order.
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