Restraining orders, also known as protective orders, are court orders that prohibit an individual from contacting or coming near another person. These orders are typically issued in situations involving domestic violence, stalking, or harassment.
If someone has a restraining order against you, it could impact your job, depending on where you work and your job duties.
What happens after a restraining order is filed?
A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) can be filed by someone you are or were married to, someone you share a child with, or someone you are living with or dating. A judge will decide whether to grant the TRO and schedule a hearing date for a Final Restraining Order (FRO).
Having a restraining order taken out against you can cause significant disruption to multiple aspects of your life. If you are served a TRO and live with the other person, the police will accompany you to pick up any personal belongings. They will also take any firearms you have. With a TRO, you can not contact the other person or be in the same location.
A TRO doesn’t necessarily mean you will lose your job. However, you may have reason for concern if either of the following situations applies:
- You and the person who has the restraining order work for the same company
- Your job requires you to carry a firearm
- You are arrested and charged with a criminal offense because you violated the restraining order
A restraining order against you can seriously affect all areas of your life. Therefore, seeking help to understand all your legal obligations is essential. If you are facing the possibility of losing your job, having someone advocate on your behalf may result in modifications or lifting of the order.