Employers Can Help Victims of Violence

Being the victim of violence or the threat of violence can be very scary.  Trying to figure out how to keep yourself safe at home, at school, or at work can make the situation even more intimidating.  Fortunately, thanks to California law, you may not have to go it alone.

Normally, only the person who was hurt or threatened can go to court and ask for a restraining order, a process that can be confusing and sometimes expensive.  If a threat or actual violence follows you to work, however, your employer is allowed to step in and go court to get a workplace violence restraining order.

It does not matter who the threatening person is, whether it is an abusive spouse, a criminal, an overreacting client, or anyone else, if there is a good chance he or she might come to your workplace, your employer can seek a restraining order that does not just help protect you in the workplace but also orders the threating person not to go near you or your family anywhere else.

If you feel you might be the victim of violence and that you are not safe at work, considering asking your employer for its help.  After all, what company would not want to keep its employees safe and sound?