The Cost Of Workplace Violence
Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors. Homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. According to OSHA, nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year and many cases go unreported.
What is the Cost of Workplace Violence?
According to Insurance Journal Magazine, victims of workplace violence miss 1.8 million days of work every year. Also, the annual cost of workplace violence for employers is estimated to be nearly $121 billion, according to statistics from the Department of Justice and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In a 2016 case out of California, Yowan Yang v. ActioNet, Inc., an employee was viciously attacked by his co-worker and successfully sued the company. He was awarded a 2.4 million dollar verdict plus another five million in punitive damages.
This author achieved a three million dollar settlement against an apartment complex and temporary employee hiring agency where a maintenance worker with an extensive criminal record was hired and raped, robbed and attempted to murder one of the female tenants. In another case, this author achieved a confidential settlement where an employee was attacked by another employee who had a history of violence and hatred for gays. Each attack could have been avoided with safer hiring practices. The reality is that the cost to employers – and to the victims – can be enormous.
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By implementing proactive policies, and engaging employees in the process, employers can help stymie the rising costs and incidents of violence in the workplace. Contact us to learn more about the cost of workplace violence.