Employee assaults co-worker, gets $25,000 and reinstatement

Employer failed to consider evidence of medical condition that may have played a role in violent incident in the workplace

Workplace violence is a serious concern for employers. It gets the attention of not only employees, but also authorities and sometimes the general public. Employers have an obligation to limit the potential for violent incidents in the workplace as much as possible, and this includes severe discipline for employees guilty of it. While dismissal can often be the solution, employers must keep in mind that — like any misconduct — any evidence pointing to a potential medical issue related to the misconduct — and potential need for accommodation — should be heeded.

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