Survivors of domestic violence voice support for paid sick leave ordinance

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Survivors of domestic violence are asking Bernalillo County Commissioners to vote yes on proposed changes to the sick leave ordinance.

It includes changing the term “sick leave” to “paid time off,” and allowing employees to take leave if a domestic partner or family member is sick.

Domestic violence and sexual assault survivors say it will allow women the privacy they need to file restraining orders or go to a health clinic without fear of retribution.

“This may not really be a topic you want to share with your employer, so this gives you the privacy to take care of your family and yourself,” said Michaela Gallegos, New Mexico Working Families Party.

Commissioners tabled the discussion during a June meeting after the public comment got heated, but are expected to vote on it this month.

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