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Unemployment for Domestic Violence Victims Passes House

April 19th, 2019 by Jake Stofan

A bipartisan group of Florida lawmakers is celebrating the passage of a bill that would allow victims of domestic violence to receive unemployment.

The bill was approved unanimously in the Florida House earlier this week.

It allows victims of domestic violence who are forced to leave their jobs to escape their abusers to qualify for unemployment benefits.

Jasmen Rogers-Shaw with the Miami Workers Center says the protections will help survivors escape their abusers.

“There are women who have been killed at work because of course their abusers know where they worked, and of course they knew their work schedule, and of course they would do everything they could to keep power and control at home and their survivor’s place of employment. Allowing survivors to safely leave their abuser with some shred of financial security is a game changer for millions of people in this state,” said Rogers-Shaw.

The bill is now awaiting approval from the Florida Senate.

If signed into law, Florida would join 41 other states that already have similar protections.

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