Can my work be held accountable for my property being targeted when I have reported not feeling safe at work and nothing was done?

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Can my work be held accountable for my property being targeted when I have reported not feeling safe at work and nothing was done?

I have reported to my managers and to my HR department that I don’t feel safe at work due to how co-workers treat me. I was told that they can’t prove anything I have reported. After reporting this multiple times my locker was targeted by a co-worker. They glued my lock shut with dermabond surgical skin glue and threw my shoes in the trash. Even after this occurred I was still told by HR and my manager they they cant understand why I didn’t feel safe. Is there any action that I can take?

Asked on May 9, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that rude and juvenile behavior while unprofessional does not lgive rise to a legal claim. That is unless the reason for is die to some form of actionable discrimination. In other words, is based on your race, religion, age (over 40), disability, gender, nationality or the like. Also, such behavior must not violate the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. Otherwise, a company can set or allow the conditions of the workolace much as it sees fit. At this pont, you can either continue to complain but risk termination, accept the circumstances, or quit.


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