M.G.L. c. 149, § 52E

Employers who employ 50 or more employees must provide up to 15 days of paid or unpaid leave for a qualifying worker to:

  • seek or obtain medical attention, counseling, victim services or legal assistance;
  • secure housing;
  • obtain a protective order from a court;
  • appear in court or before a grand jury;
  • meet with a district attorney or other law enforcement official;
  • attend child custody proceedings; or
  • address other issues directly related to the abusive behavior against the employee or family member of the employee.

To qualify, the worker must be a paid employee who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or kidnapping or who has a family member who is a victim.

The AGO is responsible for enforcement and is authorized to seek injunctive relief or other equitable relief to enforce the Law.

If you believe your employer has violated this requirement, please file a complaint online using the Nonpayment of Wage and Workplace complaint form or print and mail in this form pdf format of Leave for Victims & Relatives of Victims Complaint Form

More Information:

Advisory on the Domestic Violence Leave Act pdf format of M.G.L. c. 149 § 52E Advisory

Understanding Employment Leave to Address an Abusive Situation pdf format of Employment Leave to Address an Abusive Situation

Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance