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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Handling Co-Worker Situations

Any acts of abuse on the job, including threats and harassment, need to be considered acts of workplace violence. The hostility committed by one employee against another, even though the two are married or living together, needs to be reported and investigated. Managers are reluctant to get involved in or to meddle with a couple’s private affairs, but this can be a serious mistake. A workplace violence policy cannot have exceptions: Even when the employee victim does not want management to intervene and discipline the abuser, such actions simply cannot be ignored.

If all of the abuse occurs off company grounds and after work, an employer would have less of a responsibility to address the issue, but the company cannot ...

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