The Bureau of Justice estimates that one million violent crimes occur in the workplace each year. Beyond reported crimes, occupational violence in the form of threats, bullying, cyber-harassment, or sabotage also poses a serious concern for employers and their employees. Workplace violence creates an unsafe environment and damages employee morale; it can lead to costly litigation and compensation claims, and sadly, result in serious physical harm.
Our Workplace Violence Prevention & Response team assists employers with violence prevention, response, and recovery.
While workplace violence can strike without notice, more often there are warning signs of a potential problem. We help employers develop violence prevention plans through the formation of management teams; development of state-of-the art policies, procedures, and security measures; and training of managers and supervisors on how to identify warning signs and promote a safe environment.
Early intervention and response following a serious event
When violence does occur, we assist employers with investigations, reporting requirements, policy enforcement, restraining orders, and internal or external communication.
Litigation following workplace violence
We litigate and try all types of civil, criminal, and administrative cases that flow from workplace violence, finding the most efficient and effective means possible to reach a positive outcome and help our clients get back to business.
Recovery and getting back to work
The end of a workplace violence incident is not the end of the matter. It is critically important for an organization to get back to work. We assist our clients in meeting abatement obligations, employee return-to-work issues, community relations, and the development of new programs or procedures to help prevent similar incidents in the future.