Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
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This is an unfortunate situation, however under State law, an employer is allowed to discipline employees in any way they wish,
unless you can claim the actions of the employee was discriminatory in nature,
or that the employers non action was due to your gender, race, age or other protected civil right, the law in PA does not give you any protections
yeah, that's what I figured. but what about being threatend at work and being held against my will ?
That could be a serious criminal issue, a threat of physical injury is a criminal action, and you can file a criminal complaint,
and potentially bring civil action against the employee,
Oh, really? well that is something to think about I guess
Isn't my employer responsible for my saftey while I am at work?
Yes, and if the employer had notice of the incident, and failed to act,
or a future incident occurs with the same employee,
you may be able to bring a civil suit for injuries against the employer, for allowing the employee to continue to work
Is this a time sensitive issue?
how long do I have to decide what to do?
If you want to press criminal charges, you should do so soon,
in terms of a decision, you should advise the employer you are considering criminal action, and they may reconsider their actions
Ok, well thank, you have been very helpful.
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