When the Perpetrator and Victim are Both Employees
One of the most complicated risks occurs when the perpetrator of domestic or sexual violence or stalking and the victim are co-workers at the same company, or members of the same union.
The workplace policy on violence or harassment should address procedures with regard to employees who perpetrate acts of violence against anyone at the worksite, including the initiation of an investigation. Actions to increase victim and co-worker safety should focus on restricting the perpetrator's work behaviors.
The employee handbook, collective bargaining agreement, or relevant policy should list disciplinary consequences for committing acts of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking in the workplace, on company time or with company property. If appropriate, employers can require a perpetrator to participate in relevant treatment as part of a disciplinary action.
The perpetrator should be afforded proper process, and if present, the union should fulfill any duties of fair representation towards the perpetrator and the victim.