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Crime Victim Status

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Vermont law protects people who are crime victims from discrimination at work. Federal law does not provide this same protection. Crime victim status is a protected category under Vermont’s Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA).

A crime victim is defined by Vermont law as any of the following:

  • a person who has obtained a relief from abuse order issued under 15 V.S.A. § 1103
  • a person who has obtained an order against stalking or sexual assault issued under 12 V.S.A. chapter 178
  • a person who has obtained an order against abuse of a vulnerable adult issued under 33 V.S.A. chapter 69
  • a person who has sustained physical, emotional, or financial injury as the direct result of a crime and is identified as a crime victim in an affidavit filed by law enforcement
  • the child, foster child, parent, spouse, stepchild or ward of the victim who lives with the victim, or a parent of the victim's spouse as defined in 13 V.S.A. § 5301

Employees who are crime victims and who have been continuously employed by the same employer for a period of six months for an average of at least 20 hours per week also have the right to take unpaid leave to attend:

  • criminal proceedings where the employee has a legal right or obligation to appear at the proceeding
  • relief from abuse hearings and neglect or exploitation hearings under when the employee is a plaintiff
  • hearings concerning an order against stalking or sexual assault

Resources on crime victim status and discrimination

More information about the laws protecting crime victims in Vermont:

More resources about crime victim protections in Vermont:

 

If you believe you may be a victim of workplace harassment or discrimination on the basis of any legally protected category or categories,  find more information:

Where and how to report a complaint