A tort can be said to be a wrongful action which is injurious to another person or interferes with the property of another party (Luntz, Hambly et al. 2017). A tort case is purely a civil proceeding in court. On the other hand, a crime is an illegality or an action which has been identified by a government, either state of federal to be a wrongful action hence a crime. As such, a family can indeed sue a company for an assault at the workplace if a member of the family is assaulted. To prevent such a problem from occurring, the company can pass laws and code of conduct to make an individual personally liable for any action (assault) they take against a member. A person can only thus be answerable for a wrongful action committed to another employee such that the case can be a criminal case where the plaintiff is a witness of the state or company. Additionally, the company must invest in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms which are settled out of court.
Luntz, H., Hambly, D., Burns, K., Dietrich, J., Foster, N., Grant, G., & Harder, S. (2017). Torts: cases and commentary. LexisNexis Butterworths.