My Boss’s Husband Threatened Me

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors
about being threatened at work. 

Question:
What can I do when my boss’s husband threatened me, saying “When you finish work, meet me outside.” And, “You don’t know who you’re messing with”?

Response:
It is certainly wrong for the husband or wife of an employee at any level, to get involved with work situations, even if they feel their spouse is being treated badly by someone at work. Most bosses or employees don’t like it either. What you do in your situation will depend upon whether or not your boss has a boss above her or if she owns the business—and if the husband works there too.

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How Should A Doctor Handle A Threat To His Staff?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a person
making threats in a medical office.

Question:
What should a doctor do if someone comes in a threatens him and his staff?

Answer:
Hello and thank you for sharing your workplace concerns with us.  We are not attorneys and we don’t know the laws for your city or the details of the threats, but there are some general options available.

1. If the threat was severe—a threat to kill someone or harm them seriously or cause serious harm to property—the doctor should call the police and say he or she wants to make a report of a crime involving serious threats.

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What Should I Do About This Threat?

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about an employee who
yelled a threatening remark.
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Question:
I’m a manager and a staff member got upset about some work I gave him and yelled at me, inches from my face, saying, “Don’t make me lose my shit or one of these days there’ll be nothing left here except charcoal!” What should I do about it?

Answer:

It sounds as though you have an employee who 1.) Is rude and disrespectful to his manager. 2.) Doesn’t control his temper. 3.) Makes threats that implies if he gets angry enough he will set the building on fire—and presumably anyone in it.

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My Husband Threatens to Send Photos of Me and a Boss to HR

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about threats
by an angry husband to send incriminating photos to HR. 

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Question:
I recently started a new position with a company and began an affair with one of the heads of my department. It started as friendly but escalated and we both agreed to ‘back off’ since my husband had filed for divorce and I was going through a difficult time and did not want to bring my partner down in the divorce. The divorce had been started for other reasons but my husband eventually became suspicious and hired a private investigator.

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Is This Unpleasant Comment a Threat?

A Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about remarks that were inadvertently recorded.  Should they be considered a threat?
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Question:

I am a niche employee that at times must follow two different chains of command. Following one side I recently completed a task we do every month. As a result, a manager and supervisor responded by calling my office. The recorder picked up and taped the conversation between the two of them saying a different supervisor was going to “Rip her a new one” and continued with some other derogatory remarks.

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