Is it legal in the workplace to not inform employees there has been a threat against an administrator?

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Is it legal in the workplace to not inform employees there has been a threat against an administrator?

One of our supervisors at work was recently threatened I personally had to investigate this info, and is being guarded by uniformed police officers. Yet when we ask why he is being guarded our employer just says do not worry you are not in harm’s way and refuse to verify the threat even happened.

Asked on September 6, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

No, the employer is under no legal duty to affirmatively disclose a threat against an administrator. However, if they do not, and do to the lack of information, someone is injured who likely or reasonably would not have been injured had he/she had full information and been able to take reasonable precautions e.g. not talking to or interacting with, not letting in, and/or reporting a person who matched the description of the potential attacker, then that person or his/her family may be able to sue the employer. So the employer puts itself at some liability risk by not dislosing this information, but that is their choice they can take this risk if they choose.

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