Wooster, OH asked in Employment Law and Constitutional Law for Ohio

Q: My coworker from first shift took my phone from my hands and then slammed it down blocking me from getting it back.

Wondering if this is legal or not

1 Lawyer Answer
James L. Arrasmith
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A: If your coworker took your phone from your hands and then slammed it down, preventing you from retrieving it, this behavior could potentially be considered illegal. It may fall under various legal categories such as theft, property damage, or even assault, depending on the severity of the action and local laws. However, the specifics can vary greatly depending on where you are and the exact circumstances of the incident.

It's important to document what happened as accurately as possible. If there were any witnesses, their accounts could be valuable. Photographs of any damage to your phone or other relevant evidence could also be helpful. This documentation can be crucial if you decide to pursue legal action or report the incident to your workplace's human resources department.

You may want to consider discussing the situation with a legal professional who can provide guidance based on your local laws and the specifics of your case. They can help you understand your rights and the best course of action. Additionally, if you feel safe doing so, you might want to report the incident to your manager or your company's human resources department, as they may have policies in place to address such behaviors.

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