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    My husband was held up at gunpoint while working in a bad part of town. He repairs ATM machines and the gunmen wanted the cash out of the machine. The employees are unarmed and travel alone. He was beaten up, his cell phone, wallet and tools were stolen and while screaming at him to open the cash dispenser they shot out the driver side window of his work van.

    We found out later that the lock on the same machine had been vandalized two days prior and noneof the employees were informed.

    He was bruised and sore, but not seriously hurt. Luckily, the robbers left on foot after having taken his personal items. Due to the type of repair it is assumed by the investiagtors that the criminals broke the machine and sat in wait for someone to come fix it.

    He took three days off. His boss came and picked up the van at our house the next morning and had the window fixed (the van belongs to the company), they offered to "try" and refund him for his personal cell phone and replace the tools they had given him for his job. No other accomodations were offered. We did not expect trips to Disneyworld, but we expected a shift change (at least for awhile) or even a change in territory (they cover the whole state, he is responsible for a metro area).

    What is customary in this situation? We have heard many differing theories. Should he be expected to comfortably return to the same neighborhood this happened without feeling afraid and very uncomfortable? He returned to work today without any further discussion.

    We have serious concerns about him being in that area at that time of night.

    He is the only employee in the company who ONLY works at night, the rest of teh employees have a revolving shift. He volunteered for the shift because no one else wanted it and they needed someone to do it. He does not recieve a shift premium or any other compensation for being the only one who works nights.

    Please let us know what we should be asking for as far as assistance in creating a more comfortable working environment for him.

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    He could seek the advice if an injury lawyer for damages due to the attack. The firm should accommodate him and give him time to recover--and should not require him to service that exact area right now. If they cannot come to some agreement, consider legal action. You may email World Law Direct using the private "Ask An Attorney" web question form on the home page if you want to pursue legal action possibly. Click HOME at the very top of this page.


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