Complaint Claims San Diego is Ignoring Gun Violence Threats Against County Workers
A group of San Diego County workers say the county is failing to adequately protect them from threats of gun violence and they’ve now filed a complaint with California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Over the past several months, there have been multiple threats of gun violence directed toward employees of the North Inland Live Well Center, according to the complaint.
“In a lot of our other facilities we’ve had incidents where we had shootings outside and victims running into the building," said Linda Correa, a county employee of more than 20 years.
Nevertheless, the complaint alleges that nothing was done about these disturbing events. There was no serious investigation, no follow-up, no discussion with employees or a review of procedures. In some cases, police weren’t even called, according to Adam Ward, a spokesman for the employees.
The complaint claims San Diego County "has failed to comply with both its own adopted safety policies and California Labor Code Section 6400.” If things don’t change, the workers worry they could see a replay of the 2015 attack in San Bernardino.
The County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency has responded to the complaint with a statement emphasizing its high regard for worker safety.
"I want to reiterate that we take employee safety concerns very seriously, and have procedures in place to investigate and respond to matters when they come up," said Craig Sturak, a county spokesperson.
Read more about the complaint here.