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Asked on: 4/01/08, 8:26 pm

Employer liability in violent harassment

I work near a hospital. On a deli run

2 weeks ago, a young woman who

works at the hospital ( she was in

scrubs) decided I was going 'the

wrong way' in the deli line, verbally

harassed me and tried to start a

fight.I walked away. Today I was

walking from work to the train when

she followed me, called me

names,and tried to push me down

the two flights of stairs that lead into

the train. She was not crazy just

very violent. I have filed a police

report for harassment, not assault,

since I didn't fall down the stairs and

was not hurt. The police I should be

careful and call 911 if she bothers me

again, but I am not happy about the

idea that a violent person may cross

my path at any time. My questions

are:1. I don't know who she is, but I

could identify her in a picture, and I

assume she was photographed for a

hospital ID to work there. Can I ask

the hospital's HR depart. to let me

see the photos so I could ID her and

then they could speak with her and

tell her she has a harassment charge

and should chill out? 2. What is the

legal liability of the hospital to me in

retaining or not reprimanding their

violent employee if I am not their


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