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Bill to Provide Domestic Violence Victims with Unemployment Compensation Passed Unanimously on the House Floor

April 22, 2019
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Bill to Provide Domestic Violence Victims with Unemployment Compensation Passed Unanimously on the House Floor

Miami, Fla. – On Monday, April 22, State Representative Dotie Joseph (D-Miami) and the Miami Workers Center celebrates the unanimous passing of HB 563 on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives.

By allowing victims of domestic violence to qualify for unemployment compensation benefits, should they be forced to leave their jobs due to a domestic violence situation, marks a historic win for survivors of domestic violence throughout the state.

“This bill alleviates the pressure of choosing between your finances and the safety of you and your children,” stated Representative Joseph. “Thank you to my colleagues in the Legislature for their bipartisan support to help victims of domestic violence. We want victims to have every opportunity to remove themselves from toxic situations and I am proud that this state is taking on one of the biggest barriers that would allow them to overcome heinous abuse.”

The Miami Workers Center has worked closely with survivors, organizational partners, and legislators to ensure that this bill receives bipartisan support.

“We are grateful to Representative Joseph for her leadership. This bill changes the conditions for so many victims of violence and removes another barrier in the way of safety for themselves and their families,” stated by Marcia Olivo, Executive Director of the Miami Workers Center, an organization working with low-income Black and brown women, many of whom are survivors of violence.

A significant proportion of women who return to the abusive relationship attribute their inability to deal with their finances as a major contributing factor. This bill would not only eliminate a hurdle for folks already struggling to deal with violence and will also help employers keep other employees safe from workplace violence.

WHAT: Press conference celebrating the passing of the Unemployment Compensation for Domestic Violence Survivors Legislation through the Florida House of Representatives 
WHEN: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 10am
WHERE: Miami Workers Center, 745 NW 55th Street, Miami, FL 33127


Watch Press Conference Here 

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