After screaming at a solicitor, my boss gave me a loaded gun and told me to shoot the next one that came through the door. When I refused to touch it, he left a bullet on my desk. For the next 2 weeks, I couldn't stand being there. I had panic attacks and wound up in the ER twice. I missed about 4 days of work. I convinced him to lay me off without cause so I could collect unemployment, but I feel more should be done. I am still traumatized by the whole experience. He also has a documented history of making inappropriate remarks to me.
You need to meet with an employment law attorney in person. In a situation like this you really need to be able to sit down and have a discussion of the details of the circumstances. There are many workplace rights and protections, and just what may have been violated here and what the consequences may be have to be explored through a conversation with an attorney. Certainly it sounds like the circumstances are such that you should at least take the time to meet with an employment law attorney. You can use the lawyer finder tool here on avvo.com.
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Your boss appears to be short a few bricks handing any employee a loaded gun. His conduct is stupid but not necessarily a violation of any law, unless it violated a local ordinance or if your company has a policy against having weapons at work. You do not indicate that you felt personally threatened, that he threatened you or acted specifically to intimidate or harass you. You indicate that he left a bullet on your desk, but you explained no purpose for the act. If your boss knew beforehand that you have an aversion against guns and knowingly engaged in conduct that he would anticipate would lead you to suffer physically or psychologically, you may have a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress: question will be if his conduct was outrageous according to community standards. Hard to tell without all the facts. You may also have a claim for workers compensation for the mental/emotional distress you are suffering. Talk to an employment lawyer here in the metro area. You can find one of us here on AVvO
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