Orlando, FL asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida

Q: can I file a lawsuit against my employer for failing to take action against an employee who threatened me?

I was openly verbally threatened with great physical harm by an employee while in the presence of management (who witnessed the threat spoken), who then claimed they were unable to take action due to the absence of physical contact....is this true? is it legally feasible to sue my employer? I depend on this job as my only source of income and my livelihood is now threatened....does some legal recourse exist?

2 Lawyer Answers
Kevin Sanderson
Kevin Sanderson
Answered
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Sarasota , FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: They can take action. They can investigate, suspend, fire that person and/or make sure you aren't working together. You may be able to take action against the employer for several causes, such as negligent hire/retention of that employee. You may need to file with an administrative agency if the threat was otherwise discriminatory based on protected classes. You should place your concerns and demand for investigation/ action in writing to the employer, date it, describe what happened and how you know they know and keep a copy for yourself.

Bruce Alexander Minnick agrees with this answer

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Answered
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: There is nothing to stop you from filing a complaint with the police in your city--or the sheriff in not in a city.

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