Violence in the workplace is frighteningly common
June 4, 2015
If you’ve been victimized by workplace violence in New Jersey, you may feel like you’re all alone and that no one else has gone through what you’re going through. You need to know that this is definitely not the case. In fact, around two million people in the United States suffer from this type of violence each year. The numbers could even be higher than that. A lot of legitimate cases are not reported.
Part of the reason for this is that some workers may not fully realize what workplace violence is and what they can do to stop it. While it’s fairly common knowledge that physical violence is against the law, did you know that simple types of harassment, including verbal harassment, could also count? The same goes for both intimidation and threatening behavior.
In short, you do not have to be physically assaulted. If a co-worker tells you that he or she is going to injure or assault you for any reason, that’s already workplace violence even if that attack never takes place. You can still report these types of cases. There is no need to ignore the behavior or to wait until things escalate and turn physical.
On the other side of the spectrum, things could get so bad that a person could lose his or her life. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries looked at the 4,547 fatal events that happened in 2010, and they discovered that a full 506 of those deaths qualified as workplace homicides.
Since violence is so common and the results can be so drastic, you need to know what you can do. Check out our website to learn more and to find out how the attorneys at The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. can help you.