Gun-free zone issue inevitably involves employers
By Doug Chartier
LAW WEEK COLORADO
As of Nov. 8, there have been 325 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2015 — more than one each day on average, according to Shootingtracker.com. The site defines a mass shooting as an event or related series of events in which four or more people are shot, independent of how many are killed or injured.
With the publicity of shootings including those at Umpqua Community College last month and other campuses and workplaces, employers find themselves engaged in the debate over gun policies in regard to employee safety and liability.
Employer’s gun policies were naturally a prime topic in Sherman & Howard’s recent labor and employment presentation on workplace violence. Firm member Ted Olsen gave the presentation at the firm’s Denver office Nov. 5.
For much of his career, Olsen had a niche in defending employers in cases where a workplace-related murder was involved. When he began his employment law practice 37 years ago, he didn’t expect it to involve so many cases of workplace violence, he said.