If someone is assaulted on the job site by a supervisor and reports it to HR, is the owner of the company or the head of HR legally obligated to call the police and make a report?

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If someone is assaulted on the job site by a supervisor and reports it to HR, is the owner of the company or the head of HR legally obligated to call the police and make a report?

Asked on August 26, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, California

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

No, they are not. NO person is required to call the police and report any crime, apart from in certain limited cases e.g. some case of child sexual abuse a doctor or lawyer reporting a threat of imminent harm by a client/patient which do not apply here. The employer e.g. owner or HR may call the police and it may be a good idea for them to do so, since it will show they took all reasonable actions in regards to the assault this could help if they are sued later but they are not legally obligated to do so.


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