County didn’t take assault seriously

Opinion

August 7, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Violence in the workplace is no laughing matter.

Apparently, officials in the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas didn’t get the memo from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that defines workplace violence as violent acts, including physical assaults and threats of assault, directed toward people at work or on duty.

It took a battery conviction to compel the Unified Government to take seriously a troubling incident that the guilty employee deemed “funny.” Only after a jury convicted the longtime supervisor of misdemeanor battery against a female employee did he tender his resignation.

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