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a coworker is harassing my neighbor (who’s having chemo) — Ask a Supervisor


A reader writes:

I reside in a high-rise condominium complicated and work for a distinguished and huge (10,000+ worker) healthcare system.

My condominium complicated has a listserv that will get despatched to the 1,000 or so residents — sadly with little or no moderation. Over the previous few months, however notably right now, anyone who works at my group and occurs to reside in my constructing has been sending listserv messages that I contemplate more and more harassing in nature over occasional barking from a neighbor’s canine. For context, we’re a pet-friendly constructing with a vet’s workplace renting industrial area on the bottom ground. At this time, I came upon they’ve additionally taken to periodically standing on their balcony and screaming on the neighbor via the neighbor’s window.

The neighbor is present process remedy for breast most cancers, and their rescue canine is diabetic and wishes insulin pictures each 12 hours (and barks on the needles). The neighbor and their partner have, apparently, finished all the things from altering begin instances at work to altering the instances of chemotherapy remedies to attempt to alleviate barking at odd hours.

Usually, I don’t consider in going to HR except it’s about one thing that occurred at work and instantly includes me. The individual doing the harassing doesn’t work in my division, and I’ve by no means met them. However I’m questioning if I ought to discuss to HR anyway as a result of:
a) The harassment of a most cancers affected person
b) The screaming off the balcony
c) The airing of grievances to 1,000 folks over electronic mail

They haven’t named our employer, however they’ve said they work in healthcare as a justification for his or her criticism they usually state their full title. It’s not troublesome to trace them again to our employer. Additionally, they work as an workplace administrator–it’s not like they’re working odd shifts as a scientific practitioner. This looks like a reputational danger for the group.

I’m actually pondering I ought to convey this to HR, however is that this even one thing inside their purview?

It’s actually not, I’m sorry. In case your neighbor had been throwing across the title of your employer, then possibly — however in any other case this can be a jerk being a jerk who occurs to have a job someplace.

Nevertheless, you actually can — and will — complain to your condominium administration! Your coworker/neighbor shouldn’t be utilizing the constructing electronic mail checklist to harass one other resident. If they’ve an issue with the noise, it’s time for them to take it up with the constructing administration instantly, not harangue a sick neighbor again and again. (This may be true even when she weren’t sick, after all, nevertheless it’s notably egregious to hound somebody who’s sick and doubtless exhausted and who has clearly tried to resolve the issue.)

And the irony of complaining about noise whereas screaming via a sick neighbor’s window is … effectively, I hate your coworker.

Along with reporting his habits to the constructing administration, ideally you or one other resident would additionally reply on the e-mail checklist instantly with one thing like, “Please cease harassing this resident. When you have a noise criticism, you must communicate with the constructing administration, not harangue them and the remainder of us over this electronic mail checklist.” I understand you won’t need to do this since you’re employed collectively however it could be a kindness to the focused neighbor should you had been keen to. If not, are any of your different neighbors keen to talk up? It sucks that that is going to 1,000 folks and nobody else is pushing again (at the least not publicly).

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