Can I take legal action against a co-worker?

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Can I take legal action against a co-worker?

We started in the same department on the same day. From the beginning she has made me feel inadequate and uncomfortable. She would leave little notes all over and constantly asking me did I do this? Don’t forget this, on a daily basis. We worked alone for my last hour of the day. When the other employee left she became a different person. She twists things, puts words in my mouth and tattles on us all the time. She previously worked for this hospital, and filed a lawsuit for bullying on a different employee. She settled with getting her job back. I think HR is trying without actually saying she will be there until she terminates her position. Therefore, I finally gave my notice. I have had health issues since this last episode started a couple weeks ago. I can’t eat, upset stomach, sometimes very intense. I can’t sleep well; I keep waking up every night.

Asked on May 11, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless your treatment is the result of some form of legally actionable discrimination or violates the terms of an employment contract/union agreement, you have no case. The fact is that rude or unprofessional conduct does not give rise to a legal claim.


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