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Wash. Policy Protects Abuse Victims' Jobs: Court

Law360 (October 7, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Washington state's highest court has ruled that firing abuse victims who take time off to look out for themselves or their families runs counter to clearly mandated public policy.

In a split opinion, the majority of nine justices of the Supreme Court of Washington said Friday that the state has “unequivocally established” a clear mandate of public policy of protecting domestic violence survivors and their families and holding abusers accountable.

But four justices, two of whom only partially dissented, raised concerns regarding the ruling's burden on...
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