A federal employer has a duty to provide a safe working environment under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which regulates workplace health and safety (29 U.S.C. §§ 654(a)(1), 654(a)(2)) .
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the agency that issues standards under the OSH Act, has provided non-binding guidelines and recommendation for preventing workplace violence. Employers are ultimately responsible for preparing, determining the content of and implementing workplace violence prevention programs. Consumer Response, and the CFPB generally, has a “variety of legal obligations to safeguard employees’ well-being and security.
” Occupational safety laws impose a general requirement to maintain a safe workplace, which embraces safety from violence. Workers compensation laws, similarly, make employers responsible for job-related injuries. Civil rights laws require employers to protect employees against various forms of harassment, including threats or violence.