Toledo implements domestic violence program for employees
Toledo, Ohio, city employees who are victims of domestic violence will now receive less additional stress from their job. The city has implemented flexible scheduling to help employees protect themselves from abusive spouses by taking time off to deal with legal and medical issues.
Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner is encouraging private-sector employers to implement similar policies. “Besides being altruistic, it’s sound business policy,” Finkbeiner says. “The U.S. government estimates that approximately $4.1 billion is spent on dealing with issues of domestic violence and the lost productivity and earnings are estimated at $1.8 billion.”