What can I do if a co-worker threatened my with their car?

About a month ago, a co-worker began yelling at me and after we talked with upper management about the issue, we went back to work. On my way back to continue my task, the co-worker continued to yell and make a scene. When he noticed I was going to walk by, he hopped in a truck and reversed while I was still behind the vehicle, just swiping by my shirt. When I cleared around to the front side of the truck and asked him if he was going to hit me with the truck, he put it in drive and made a wide turn driving the truck all the way up to my stomach and stopped and continued to yell. I informed upper management and it doesn’t appear they did anything but talk to the co-worker. I have not been approached to file an incident report.

Asked on August 5, 2015 under Personal Injury, Michigan

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You have a couple of different options... and you may want to consider using both of them.

The first is to notify the HR department of the incident.  Workplace violence is still a big issue and they have a duty to provide you with a safe work environment.  If this other worker cannot control their emotions, then the worker needs to find a new place to work.

The second option is to file a complaint with your local police department.  You would really want to do this one sooner than later... because the longer you wait, the more the concerns law enforcement will have about why you waiting so long to file the complaint. 

There is a third option... but this would only be in the event the first two didn't work.  You could hire an attorney to seek a restraining order against the other employee.  I recommend this one last, because it usually requires an expenditure of your funds first-- whereas the other two do not require the use of any funds on your end and can sometimes be as equally effective-- depending on the diligence of your local law enforcement and employer.

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You have a couple of different options... and you may want to consider using both of them.

The first is to notify the HR department of the incident.  Workplace violence is still a big issue and they have a duty to provide you with a safe work environment.  If this other worker cannot control their emotions, then the worker needs to find a new place to work.

The second option is to file a complaint with your local police department.  You would really want to do this one sooner than later... because the longer you wait, the more the concerns law enforcement will have about why you waiting so long to file the complaint. 

There is a third option... but this would only be in the event the first two didn't work.  You could hire an attorney to seek a restraining order against the other employee.  I recommend this one last, because it usually requires an expenditure of your funds first-- whereas the other two do not require the use of any funds on your end and can sometimes be as equally effective-- depending on the diligence of your local law enforcement and employer.


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