The Board shall grant leave for an employee if the employee, or a family or household member, is the victim of domestic violence or sexual violence.
violence" means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated
battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking,
kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in
physical injury or death of one family or household member by another
family or household member.
violence" means sexual violence, as defined in F.S. 784.046, or any
crime the underlying factual basis of which has been found by a court to
include an act of sexual violence.
or household member" means spouses, former spouses, persons related by
blood or marriage, person who are presently residing together as if a
family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and
persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they
have been married. With the exception of persons who have a child in
common, the family or household members must be currently residing or
have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.
|D.||"Victim" means an individual who has been subjected to domestic violence or sexual violence.
Such leave may be for up to three days in any 12 month period, and shall be used for the following purposes:
seek protection against domestic violence or an injunction for
protection in cases of repeat violence, dating violence, or sexual
obtain medical care and/or mental health counseling for the employee or
a family or household member to address physical or psychological
injuries resulting from domestic or sexual violence
obtain services from a victim-services organization, including but not
limited to, a domestic violence shelter or program or a rape crisis
center as a result of the act of domestic violence or sexual violence
|D.||To secure the home from the perpetrator of domestic violence or sexual violence or to seek new housing to escape the perpetrator
seek legal assistance to address issues arising from the act of
domestic violence or sexual violence or to attend and prepare for
court-related proceedings arising from the act of domestic violence or
The leave is subject to the following conditions:
in cases of imminent danger to the health or safety of the employee, or
to the health and safety of a family or household member, the employee
seeking the leave must provide appropriate advance notice along with
sufficient documentation of the act of domestic violence or sexual
violence as required the administrative procedures implementing this
employee shall be required to have exhausted all annual or vacation
leave, personal leave, and sick leave prior to utilizing this leave.
Subsequent to this usage, the leave will be without pay.
to Florida statutes, the Board shall keep information concerning leave
for domestic violence or sexual violence confidential and exempt from
Board may not discharge, demote, suspend, retaliate, or in any other
manner discriminate against an employee for exercising his/her rights
under the provisions of this policy. However, this does not limit the
Board's right to discipline or terminate any employee for any reason,
including, but not limited to, reductions in the work force or
termination for cause.
F.S. 741.28, 741.313