Workplace Violence in Louisville
Representing Victims of Workplace Violence
If you are a victim of workplace violence, Biesecker Dutkanych & Macer,
LLC can help. We provide compassionate, yet aggressive representation
to employees who have been subjected to various forms of workplace violence. Our
Louisville employment attorneys focus exclusively on employment law issues, and we solely advocate for
employees, we do not represent employers.
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What is workplace violence?
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) defines workplace
violence as any act or threat of violence, harassment, intimidation, or
other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs in the workplace. Such
violence ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational
(CFOI), of the 4,547 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in 2010, 506
were workplace homicides. Further, homicide is the leading cause of death
for women in the workplace.
Factors that Increase the Risk of Violence
According to OSHA, nearly 2 million workers report being the victims of
workplace violence each year, and many more cases go unreported. Workplace
violence can strike anywhere, at any time, no worker is immune. Research
has identified certain factors that increase the risk of workplace violence,
some of these include:
- Exchanging money with the public
- Working with unstable or volatile people
- Working alone
- Working in an isolated area
- Providing services and care
- Working where alcohol is served
- Working in areas with high crime rates
Other risk factors include time of day, and location of work. Those at
the highest risk include workers who exchange money with the public, delivery
drivers, healthcare professionals, customer service agents, law enforcement
personnel, public service workers, and those who either work alone or
in small groups.
You Have the Right to a Safe Workplace
As an employee, you have a right to a safe workplace, and the law requires
that employers provide working conditions that are free of known dangers.
The OSHA law prohibits employers from
retaliating against their employees who report an injury or raise a safety concern.
If you have been a victim of workplace violence, we urge you to contact a
Louisville employment law attorney from our firm right away. In a
free consultation, we can learn more about your case and inform you of the various legal
options that you have available.