Wisconsin shootings remind employers to address domestic violence in the workplace

Workplace situations involving domestic violence are fact-intensive and the liability an employer faces will likely be complex

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark Spognardi and Milwaukee Associate Jesse Dill recently published the article “Wisconsin shootings remind employers to address domestic violence in the workplace” in Inside Counsel magazine. The article discusses the fatal shooting of a Milwaukee employee by her husband at the wife’s place of employment on October 21; and the necessity for employers to prepare themselves for situations involving domestic violence in the workplace.

Mr. Spognardi and Mr. Dill discuss the various rights of employees who are victims of domestic violence, as well as the possible liability an employer may face. They state, “Employees who are victims of domestic violence may hold certain rights under the law.” Employers must be aware of the laws and how to handle situations that may arise, including:

  • Domestic violence as it relates to FMLA.
  • Domestic Violence as it relates to ADA.
  • An employee harmed by another employee (workers compensation and OSHA).
  • Did employer have knowledge of abuse?
  • State and local laws with unique requirements for workplace involved domestic violence.
  • Workplace situations involving acts or allegations of domestic violence are fact-intensive and the liability an employer faces will likely be complex.
  • Consult counsel well-versed in the laws.

The article appeared in the November 12 issue of Inside Counsel. To read it in full and learn further about how workplace situations involving domestic violence can affect employers, please click here.

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