ABC News: New Law Protects Domestic Violence Victims' Jobs

October 14, 2013

After Carie Charlesworth was dismissed from her teaching job due to security concerns about her estranged husband, the California mother championed legislation to make sure no one would ever have the same experience.

On Friday, she got her wish when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure into law to protect victims of domestic violence from losing their jobs and workplace discrimination.

"I'm very excited that it passed," Charlesworth told "It's a huge step forward for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Victims need to know there are people out there to help them and support them."

The new legislation will go into effect on Jan. 1.

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, had already introduced the legislation when Charlesworth joined her to push for reform.

Jackson said the new law "protects victims from job loss and discrimination at a time when they most need support and a steady paycheck."