Background information, spoilered for those in a hurry:
[spoiler]With the onset of quarantine in Pennsylvania, my business was deemed essential, but changes in the method of operation and decreased demand led to my laying off everyone except for one employee. We have worked together since.
So, my employee (Kim) is ~25 years old, single, and has two kids ages 3 and 5. She and kids’ father have some sort of custody agreement, although they have never been married. He sees the kids sporadically, and when he does Kim invariably suffers some domestic abuse, often physical.
I know this from what other employees have told me. Kim has never mentioned what she has gone through to me. Last year she needed a day off to attend a hearing. He had given her a black eye and sprained elbow and shoulder. She couldn’t afford a lawyer, but did paperwork to get a PFA court order. Unfortunately she got the wrong judge, and he just reprimanded her, saying he wouldn’t stop the kids from seeing their dad and she needed to figure out how to get along with him.
A few months later it happened again, but this time she got a lawyer and filed charges. He was found guilty and sentenced to time served, classes, a fine, and probation.[/spoiler]
Kim (an employee) came into work on Monday with horrible bruises on her upper arm. She is very thin, her upper arm is about as big around as my thumb. I initially assumed she was injured doing some sort of outdoor activity, but then I realized that was silly. You can practically see fingerprints. Either someone saved her from falling off a building, or else someone hurt her intentionally.
On Monday she wore short sleeves, but she has since worn long sleeves although it has been >90 degrees outside. I haven’t said a thing, since it isn’t my place. I’ve mentioned a few times that she has been doing a great job (she loves her job) and yesterday I went out and picked some lunch up for us.
So, advice? I * think* I’ve done what I should in a situation like this, but I don’t know. I keep thinking about my daughter who is 4 years older than Kim. I’d want someone to do something to help my kid if she were in a similar situation. Then again, I don’t want to stick my nose where it doesn’t belong.