In the weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 shootings at the offices of Reynolds, Smith & Hills in downtown Orlando—where one person was killed and five wounded—alleged gunman Jason Rodriguez had exhibited signs of deep depression, according to relatives.
After the architectural consulting firm fired Rodriguez two years ago, he never regained steady employment. His marriage dissolved, he lost his home to foreclosure and could not make his child support payments. Increasingly, he had become disheveled in appearance and withdrawn before allegedly opening fire at his former workplace.
Relatives said Rodriguez had been taking medication to treat mental illness.
Final notes: The FBI reports that has decreased in recent years. Yet the headlines—recent datelines: Orlando, Fort Hood, Portland—remind us that unstable people can still shatter the workaday world. HR Specialist has prepared a new special report, Toolkit, to help HR pros proactively plan how to prevent deadly attacks at work. To download your free copy, click here.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- 10 Secrets to an Effective Performance Review
- Act fast to punish violent employee, even if he's been the victim of harassment
- 5 reasons to stay calm
- Use proactive process to stop little digs from adding up to hostile environment
- Don't let tough times affect basic safety