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I have a co-worker who said they were suicidal over the weekend.

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I have a co-worker who said they were suicidal over the weekend. We are working to get our colleague counceling and other such assistance. We are a small business in the state of Florida. What is our legal responsibility, if any re reporting of this, etc.?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Attorney & Mediator replied 6 years ago.
This is a tough situation you are in. Legally you are not responsible for the intentional conduct of others, at the same time once you get involved in helping the person you owe them the duty to make sure they are obtaining the necessary care required and failure to do so can result in a negligent claim against the employer. Florida is very relaxed as to the employers responsibility. Given that this issue is occurring at work, you may need to consider reporting this incident to your worker's compensation insurance to see if the employer can be eligible for treatment. You may also wish to contact the Suicide Prevent Resource Center for further guidance.

Unless the person is actually in the process of hurting themselves there would be no need to reporting this as emergency for involuntarily commitment. Just make sure the employee contact their doctor and seeks the help you are trying to assist them with.

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