Unformatted text preview: ety and Health Administration (OSHA) attempted in the mid-1990s to issue guidelines for preventing violence at
restaurants and stores that do business at night. OSHA was prompted, among other things, by the fact that homicide had become the leading
cause of workplace fatalities among women. The proposed guidelines were entirely voluntary and seemed innocuous. OSHA recommended,
for example, that late-night retailers improve visibility within their stores and make sure their parking lots were well lit. The National
Restaurant Association, along with other industry groups, responded by enlisting more than one hundred congressmen to oppose any OSHA
guidelines on retail violence. An investigation by the Los Angeles Times found that many of the congressmen had recently accepted donations
from the NRA and the National Association of Convenience Stores. “Who would oppose putting out guidelines on saving women’s lives in
the workplace?” Joseph Dear, a former head of OSHA, said to a Times reporter. “The companies that employ those women.”
The restaurant industry has continued to fight not only guidelines on workplace violence, but any enforcement of OSHA regulations. At a
1997 restaurant industry “summit” on viol...
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