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Employment Rights for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors
February 05, 2013
On Monday, January 14th, CRDVSI hosted the webinar, Employment Rights for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors, featuring:
Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, and
Bill Tamayo, U.S. Equal EmploymentOpportunity Commission (EEOC) Regional Attorney.
While the world has seen important progress in expanding opportunity for women and girls, significant gaps remain in women’s political participation and economic opportunity. Recognizing that no country can realize its potential if half its population cannot reach theirs, President Obama issued a challenge before the United Nations General Assembly to break down barriers to women’s political and economic empowerment. In response, on September 24, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the Equal Futures Partnership on behalf of the United States along with 12 other founding members. The goal is for women to participate fully in public life and to lead and benefit from inclusive economic growth.
As a part of the Equal Futures Partnership, the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice hosted a webinar on Employment Rights for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors featuring Bill Tamayo, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Regional Attorney, and with opening remarks by Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. The webinar speakers discussed:
- the EEOC’s recently issued guidelines regarding employment and domestic violence
- the rights of domestic violence victims who suffer retaliation or discrimination by their employers
- whether employers can terminateemployees who are victims of violence or in abusive relationships
- whether employers can deny leave toemployees who are disabled due to domestic violence
- the rights of employees sexually assaulted in the workplace, and the cases that EEOC has litigated on behalf of victims of assault
- the obligations of employers who have cases of sexual assault reported to them. The EEOC has recovered millions of dollars for victims of sexual harassment and assault.
Bill Tamayo oversees the EEOC’s litigation program in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. Prior to joining the EEOC he was the Managing Attorney at the Asian Law Caucus, where he represented dozens of battered women in immigration proceedings. He was also a lead author of the legal memorandum for Congress that led to the passage of the “self-petitioning” provisions for battered immigrant women under the Violence Against Women Act.