Employee Safety: When A 'Reasonable Response' Isn't Enough

Law360, New York (May 4, 2016, 11:31 AM EDT) -- When a string of criminal behaviors occur at a workplace, employers may take steps to beef up physical on-premise security, offer employees basic safety training, or install surveillance cameras, among other measures. On the surface, these appear to be sensible responses that help mitigate criminal activity at a place of business.

But what happens when these measures fail to prevent another incident? Employers can find themselves on the receiving end of a lawsuit they never saw coming. Injured employees could bring suit and claim that the business is at least partly responsible for the damages caused by the criminal behavior. A...

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