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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Managing an Abusive Employee

The first step in managing an employee-batterer is to know that he or she has a problem. Look for problems with job performance and absenteeism, and any sign of injuries related to the victim’s attempt at self-defense. But much more likely, there will be no indication that the employee is beating his wife once a month. It is not uncommon for the identified abuser to be considered a great guy, friendly, and amiable to all. It is his or her charisma and charm that often makes people doubt the veracity of the victim who makes allegations of abuse.

Employers sometimes only realize that there is a problem when the individual is caught making a threatening call, or when the victim comes to the employer seeking help in getting ...

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