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My employer says he had no money in the budget to provide security at our workplace. Does that mean he isn’t liable if I am injured in an attack at work?

No, that’s not what it means. Your employer may try to make you believe that he doesn’t have to pay for reasonable security measures because it is a strain on his budget. However, if your employer owns the property where the business is located, then your employer has a legal duty to make sure that the property is reasonably safe and secure.

What Is Reasonable?

“Reasonable” does not mean expensive. Instead, adequate or reasonable security is going to depend on what type of work you do. An employer must provide adequate or reasonable security that is appropriate for the location and type of business regardless of the cost. That means that a bank in Beaverdale may require an advanced alarm system and security monitors, a jewelry store in West Des Moines may require security guards, and a medical office in the East End of Des Moines may require a waiting area and receptionist to monitor who comes into the office. Alternatively, your employer may use different types of security measures to keep you and others safe.

What to Do If You’re Hurt

If you are hurt in an attack at work and your employer is claiming that he is not responsible because he couldn’t afford to provide reasonable security, then you should talk to a local lawyer about your legal rights and possible recovery.

You can learn more about what to do next right now by downloading our FREE report, Negligent Security: What You Need to Know About It, and by starting a live chat with us via this website.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham