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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Liability Issues

Undoubtedly, the most expensive costs of having an employeeabuser are related to liability. In many eyes, an employer is responsible for the actions of an employee. This might seem unfair, but as a rule, the organization is obligated to prevent foreseeable acts of violence. Legal settlements of these cases average in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. If a case goes to trial, a jury verdict can reach into the millions. (Chapter 5 addresses legal issues in more detail.) Let’s turn now to some areas of concern should the abuser be an employee.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Just because the victim and abuser has or had a personal relationship does not mean that the employer is immune to charges of sexual harassment. Every organization with ...

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