by:Robert J. Paul, James B. Townsend
Workplace gambling is rapidly becoming a new American addiction. It is difficult to detect, since it may show no distinguishing characteristics until it is well advanced. Most gamblers never become a problem to employers, but those who do may inflict serious damage in the form of theft, creative bookkeeping, embezzlement, low productivity and workplace disruption. Few laws, specifically control gambling, but several laws written to address other issues, may apply to gambling also. Some of these laws are in the process of being reinterpreted, and broader interpretations may include pathological gamblers. In addition to its legal aspects there are important and costly economic issues associated with workplace gambling. Well trained, observant supervisors can detect and aid workplace gamblers, saving both employer and employee time, money and anguish.
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