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Workplace Violence Lawyer Toronto

Workplace violence is defined as the threat or exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker.   You do not need to have been assaulted for workplace violence to have taken place.

If you have experienced workplace violence, contact Whitten & Lublin Employment & Labour Lawyers. Our expert lawyers regularly manage issues related to workplace violence on behalf of employees and employers.

Are you an employee who has experienced workplace violence?

The law provides employees with the right to work in a safe and healthy workplace free from violence.  Employers must have policies in place for preventing workplace violence.  Employers can be liable if they do not have a workplace violence policy in place, or if they do not take reasonable steps to prevent violence from occurring in the workplace.

The law’s definition of “workplace violence” also includes domestic violence that affects the workplace.  If an employer becomes aware, or ought reasonably to be aware, that domestic violence that is likely to expose a worker to physical injury may occur in the workplace, the employer must take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect the worker.

Are you an employer who wants to prevent claims of workplace violence?

The Ontario government recently created additional obligations for employers related to the prevention of workplace violence.  Violence in the workplace may arise from a number of predisposing factors such as the nature of the workplace, the type of work, and the conditions of work.  The first step for employers is to have a customized workplace violence policy in place.  Employers must also ensure that their employees receive instruction on workplace violence policies and programs.

It is not enough to have an off-the-shelf policy in place.  Each employer has the obligation to assess their workplace’s risk of violence due to the nature of the work performed there, and the location and layout of their workplace.  Based on this assessment, your workplace violence policy should be customized to prevent violence in your workplace.  Employers must also reassess the risks of workplace as often as is necessary to ensure that their policies and programs continue to be adequate in preventing workplace violence.

You want a lawyer who knows workplace violence laws and who will enforce your right to a violence-free workplace – call Whitten & Lublin Employment & Labour Lawyers at 416-640-2667.  We are ranked the #1 Most Recommended Employment Law Firm in the GTA and have worked with countless individuals to prevent and remedy issues related to workplace violence.