A divided en banc panel of the PA Commonwealth Court robbery has ruled that robbery may be a normal, anticipated condition of working at a state liquor store.
This decision overturns the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board finding that the workers’ compensation judge had granted to Gregory Kochanowicz, a Morrisville, Pa. state store employee who was robbed at gun-point while at work in 2008 and doctors later diagnosed him with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from the incident. This was the first time Kochanowicz had been robbed in more than 30 years working for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
The panel reasoned that Kochanowicz had received training and information about workplace violence, and other liquor stores in the vicinity had been robbed recently, and this was enough to find that a robbery is a normal condition of the job and, therefore, enough to bar Kochanowicz from pursuing a workers’ comp claim for psychic injuries.
For full article see Work At A Liquor Store? Expect to Get Robbed by Ben Present for the Legal Intelligencer. Ben Present can be contacted at 215-557-2315 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter@BPresentTLI.