What legal recource do I have if a co-worker physically stopped me from leaving a room?

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What legal recource do I have if a co-worker physically stopped me from leaving a room?

Due to a co-worker being very agitated and yelling at me, I wanted to leave the conversation and the room we were in. As I started to walk out of the room, he grabbed my shoulder/arm and turned me around to stop me from leaving.

Asked on October 18, 2016 under Personal Injury, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Your employer is not the police and is not responsible for your coworker's assault (which is what this was). It *is* possible that after the fact, if this person attacks you again and injures you badly enough that you have an economically worthwhile lawsuit, that then you can hold your employer liable for its "negligent supervision" in not taking action to protect you: but you can only do this after the fact, if you have a worthwhile or viable lawsuit. You can't prospectively or proactively force your employer to take action against this employee. 
However, you can go to the police and file a police report, and potentially presss charges for, assault. Even if you elect to not press chargs this time, you may wish to at least file the report, to begin creating a record or "papertrail" of his behavior.


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