Do I have a legal case?

I was sexual assaulted at my job by a manager. I chose not to file a report because I wanted to see if the general manger would do the right thing, the general manger gave the manager a warning and he was able to keep his job, he brushed it off trying to save his business because the manager does a lot around the buisness, I quit because I no longer feel comfortable working there. I loved my job and now I’m suffering and I feel like they got away with it. I feel like the general manager should have done something, the general manager is not protecting his employees, and I feel like the manger that sexual assaulted me should have been fired. The general manger acted like nothing happened.

Asked on May 15, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Utah

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Absent extenuating circumstances, you have no case against your employer regarding this assualt; it was in no way negligent or otherwise responsible for it. That having been said, you can (and should) file a criminal complaint against this co-worker. Additionally, you can sue them in civil court for your any injuries and medical costs.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You certainly have both a criminal case (that is, you can and should press charges) and a civil case (you can sue for your injuries and medical costs) *your attacker.* You do not have a case against your employer: it is NOT the employer's job to protect employees from criminal assaults, and they are not responsible for doing this: it's the police who protect from criminal assaults. It is the police to whom you should be going.


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