By David Banks
Hawaii’s Act 206, which provides employment protections for victims of domestic and sexual violence, becomes effective January 1, 2012. Hawaii is one of only five states to enact a law protecting victims of domestic and sexual violence. Among other things, the Act:
- prohibits discrimination on the basis of domestic or sexual violence victim status under H.R.S. Section 378-2;
- requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees who are victims of domestic or sexual violence under H.R.S. Chapter 378, part VI; and
- provides that an employer won’t be required to make the reasonable accommodation of providing flexible hours if doing so causes an undue hardship to business operations.