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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Chapter 6

Communicating withthe Employee-Victim

In younger days, I worked as a short-order cook in a Greek diner. I prepared the gyros, and a middle-aged co-worker prepared the salads. We worked closely together in the fast-paced, hot, and often hectic work environment and got to know each other pretty well. When my co-worker started coming in late (and sometimes not at all), it was only her long employment with the place that saved her from getting fired. Some days, she came in with black eyes and swollen cheeks. Nobody ever said anything about her appearance; I assumed that she wanted it that way. No eye contact, little conversation, no explanation. I knew this single woman had a boyfriend whom she supported, and I knew from having conversations ...

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