|Aug. 1, 2017 | www.fisherphillips.com|
Prevention Is Key (Er…Required): Will Your State Soon Mandate Workplace Violence Prevention Programs?
It is no secret to hospital and other healthcare employees that their workplace is no longer a guaranteed safe zone. In fact, recent statistics released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicate that workplace violence is four times more prevalent in the healthcare and social services industries than in other private industries. Violence may come from many sources, including patients or those accompanying them, employees and those who have relationships with employees, and third parties with no business at the facility.
Lawyers and medical professionals have noticed a recent uptick in age discrimination claims in the healthcare industry. What is causing this increase? Is it simply a statistical fluke, or are there specific reasons the industry is seeing older workers becoming more litigious?
A federal court in New Mexico recently declined to dismiss tort claims asserted by a registered nurse against her employer, a government-run hospital, where she sought and obtained treatment for a brutal sexual assault. In denying the motion to dismiss, the court effectively rejected the federal government’s attempt to escape claims based on invasion of privacy for the disclosure of detailed information regarding the assault (G.R. v. United States).