If you are uncomfortable telling your employer about your situation, you may want to try to use personal days, sick days, or vacation time without asking for time off under the Family Violence Leave law.
If you need time off to see a doctor or a mental health professional, you may be able to use sick time under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Ask your employer about its medical leave policies.
If you decide to ask for time off under the Family Violence Leave law, you will have to tell your boss about your situation. But the law says the employer must keep paperwork confidential when it is related to Domestic Violence leave.
If you take family violence leave, your employer can ask you to provide paperwork to show why you need the time off, such as:
- a police report,
- a court document, or
- a written statement from
- the medical or counselor’s office,
- a domestic violence organization, or
- an attorney or a court employee.
If you give any of these papers to your boss, they will probably have to show the paperwork to another manager or to someone in the human resources department in order to give you the time off. But your employer is supposed to keep these documents confidential. They can’t show the paperwork to anyone else unless the law requires it or if it is necessary to keep an employee safe – and your employer would have to tell you first.
The most important thing is your safety. Would telling your employer make things worse for you or put you in more danger? If you need help, contact Statewide Legal Services at 860-344-0380 (Central CT) or 1-800-453-3320 (all other areas of CT) or a Domestic Violence advocate.