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HRAR-4.12 - Workplace Violence Prohibited

Administrative Rules Adopted by Bureaus Pursuant to Rule Making Authority (ARB)
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The City recognizes the importance of a violence-free work environment for all employees and the public. The City will not tolerate any violent actions which threaten its employees, customers, vendors or volunteers.

Prohibited Actions

As indicated under “Prohibited Activities” in the Administrative Rule on Discipline, employees are prohibited from engaging in physical violence, including engaging in acts of bodily harm or threatening to inflict bodily harm, physical intimidation, or verbal and written threats of violence.

Employees are also prohibited from bringing a “dangerous or deadly weapon” to work or on City property, including parking lots on City property. “Dangerous or deadly weapon” includes a firearm, metal knuckles, straight razor, weapon of the type commonly known as a nunchaku, blackjack, sap, or sap glove, and any type of knife other than an ordinary pocketknife with a blade not longer than three and onehalf inches. When carried with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, “dangerous or deadly weapon” also includes any instrument or device capable of inflicting injury to the person or property of another. This rule also applies to explosive devices or material.

This rule applies to all employees regardless of whether an employee possesses a concealed weapon permit.

Authorized Exceptions to this Rule

This rule does not apply to peace officers acting within the scope of their duty, or to any government employee authorized or required by their employment or office to carry or use firearms.

Employee Responsibility

All employees are encouraged to be alert to the possibility of violence on the part of employees, former employees, customers and strangers. Employees shall place safety as their highest concern, and shall report all acts of violence and threats of violence immediately to their supervisor.

Who to Contact

City employees are encouraged to immediately discuss such concerns with their immediate supervisor. If the employee does not feel comfortable discussing the concerns with their immediate supervisor, the employee should contact:

  • their supervisor’s manager; or
  •  their bureau director; or
  •  Bureau of Human Resources staff

In the case where immediate action is required, the supervisor may contact law enforcement personnel.

Bureau Responsibility

Each bureau shall ensure that all employees are advised of this rule and any bureau specific work rules regarding workplace violence.

Workplace Violence Prevention

The Bureau of Human Resources, in conjunction with outside contractors, provides periodic training for employees on identifying and dealing with workplace violence issues. Contact the Bureau of Human Resources for information or scheduling of workplace violence prevention training.

Historical notes


Adopted by Council March 6, 2002, Ordinance No. 176302

Effective April 5, 2002

Revised July 28, 2003

Revised September 16, 2005

Revised November 4, 2011

Revised December 4, 2013

Revised April 25, 2016

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