- 5 months ago
- Wedding: July 2019 - San Antonio, TX
My position at work has grown by leaps and bounds since I started this position and it got to the point that management decided that they needed to hire an administrative assitant to alleviate some of my work duties. This admin was to recieve her work assignments from me. I was in on the hiring process but missed the interview of the lady they eventually hired. After the interview process was complete they had her come in to meet me and she seemed ok so they hired her.
She started work about 6 weeks ago. From the second day, she was very argumentative towards me and refused to do anything that I asked her to do. I would give her work assignments with instructions and she told me that she was not going to spend all day working on the things I was giving her. She was regularly asking her manager to give her something to do and claimed I was not giving her any work. I was giving her work, she was just refusing to do any of it.
She was calling in more than she was showing up for work, she claimed she had kidney stones. I was trying to hand off one of the programs that I work with to her and on the day that she was supposed to be the primary with me acting as beckup she left for lunch at 10:00 AM while the class she was supposed to assist in was being held. The instructor needed some help and since she was not there, he called me and asked me to help. Since I was the backup, I assisted him. When the admin returned from her early lunch I told her what I had assisted with and directed her to where I had put the information on the shared drive. Well, she lost it. She screamed at me, called me crazy, and told me that I was going to have to have communicate with her. Which, I thought I was doing by letting her know what happened when she was wasn’t there. She kept saying that she wanted me completely hands off of this program which I would have been had she been there and if I weren’t her backup. A co-worker texted my manager to let her know that she needed to come back to our iffices and the admin started to change her tone when my manager walked back there.
I went to her manager and let him know what happened and to let him know that if she ever spoke to me like that again that she would do so in the HR office. He agreed. I attempted to work with her as best I could but I did take over the files that I had asked her to work on that she was refusing to do. I asked her to return the files to me and she opened her desk drawers and said they were my files and I could have them whenever I wanted. I told her that I did not like going into another person’s desk so I would wait for her to return them to me. She then handed them to me and I took them to file room where I locked them up . I was out of the office for an event the next day and then I came down with strep throat and was not at work the remainder of the week.
I returned to work on Monday. She kept talking about having been hacked and that she could not get into any of her accounts, both business and personal. She claimed the hackers were changing her passwords just as fast as she could try to reset them. She kept asking me if I had a key to her desk and started talking about files that had come up missing from her desk. Turns out she was talking about the files that she HANDED TO ME. Apparently, the whole time I was out sick last week she was claiming that she thought I had hacked her and claimed that she didn’t think I would return to work because she had the FBI coming after me. She did not think I was actually sick. She then claimed to her manager that I had been after her for years and claimed that we had worked together at a hotel long ago. I have never met her before and never worked at a hotel.
Tuesday morning she was still claiming to have been hacked and was dragging IT and HR into it. My manager was starting to get concerned as everyone knows me and knows that what this woman was claiming was not based in reality. My manager went to HR to express her concerns and while she was in there the admin called the Employee Assistance Program and threatened to kill herself. The CEO was notified that there was an employee in distress in the building and the police and paramedics were called. She was taking to the hospital by ambulance. Luckily, I was in the classroom with students and did not know anything was going on until she was removed from the premises.
Her car is still parked here at work so I’m assuming she is still hospitalized. I have spent a good portion of my day in HR recounting my experiences with her. Here’s my issue, HR is not saying that she won’t be allowed to return to work. They have promisied to move her away from me but we aren’t that big of a place that I won’t still run into her all the time and she was originally hired to alleviate some of my job duties which she obviously will be unable to do. Hopefully she will decide on her own not to return as it seems she was claiming both HR and IT had conversations with her that never took place. As far as her work accounts are concerned, they say she was never hacked. As a matter of fact, she never attempted to log into her systems after they reset her password. They would reset it then she would not even try to login and then tell them she needed it reset again. She clearly had invented everything in her head.
I am concerned for my safety. Do I have any recourse at all?