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Workplace Violence

Unfortunately, violence has crept into the workplace. One only needs to pick up a newspaper or watch the nightly news to find stories about violence occurring in the workplace. You go to work to support yourself and your family not to be physically assaulted or threatened with physical violence by a co-worker or a supervisor. If you are physically assaulted or threatened with physical violence in the workplace by a co-worker or a supervisor, you can report it to your employer and you can also report it to law enforcement. Any employer firing an employee for reporting an instance of workplace violence to management and/or to law enforcement authorities may be liable for the tort of retaliatory discharge. Daoust v. Abbott Laboratories, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2138*13 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 11, 2007). If you report your co-worker’s acts of physical violence or threats of physical violence to the police and your employer retaliates against you for reporting workplace violence to the police, you may have a claim under the Whistleblower Act, 740 ILCS 174/1, et al. If you believe that your employer fired you or has retaliated against you for reporting an instance of workplace violence, contact Brian J. Graber, Ltd., at (312) 291-4648 for a free consultation.