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Terminating employees who threaten violence

Question: 
Why are people allowed to continue working at a job when they have made threats?
Answer: 

There could be several reasons for this. Warning signs are sometimes ignored because employers are in denial; they think it won’t happen. Often, they are afraid to fire the threatening employee because of what the employee might do if they are fired, or they fear a lawsuit. Whatever the reasons, a threatening employee must be dealt with. Employers have a duty to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards. Policies, procedures, a clear reporting system, and training are critical pieces to a workplace violence program.
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Learn more about Carol Dodgen’s webinar Violence in Your Workplace: Prevention & Response

First published on 04/05/2020

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