Protective Orders and employment

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard Rep. Randolph’s SB 16 on protective orders and employment.  The bill provides that an individual is not subject to disqualification from eligibility for unemployment benefits because of discharge from the individual’s employment due to circumstances directly related to the individual’s filing of a petition for a protective order and an employee may bring a cause of action against an employer that terminates the employee for filing a petition for a protective order.  The Committee amended the bill by consent to remove the provision that allows an employee to bring a cause of action against an employer that terminates the employee for filing a petition for a protective order.

A representative from the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence testified in support.  The amended bill passed 9-1.

Read the bill and amendment #1 here:  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2019/bills/senate/16