Introduced by Senator White of Windham District
Subject: Labor; employment practices; wrongful discharge; voting; attending town meeting
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to penalize an employer who discharges an employee for being absent from work to vote in a local, state, or federal election or to attend town meeting.
AN ACT RELATING TO WRONGFUL DISCHARGE FOR VOTING OR ATTENDING TOWN MEETING
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 21 V.S.A. § 499a is added to read:
§ 499a. WRONGFUL DISCHARGE; VOTING; ATTENDING TOWN
(a) No employer may discharge an employee by reason of being absent from work to vote in a local, state, or federal election or to attend town meeting, or penalize an employee or deprive him or her of any right, privilege, or benefit on a basis which discriminates between the employee and other employees not voting or attending town meeting. An employee absent from work for the purpose of voting may be required to provide proof to the employer that the employee is a registered voter, and that he or she could not vote outside the employee’s normal working hours.
(b) An employer who violates the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than $200.00.
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