Hereís my situation. I was in the break room with a co-worker, and we were talking about another person we worked with. He made a nasty comment, and I told him to relax a bit, because the person was actually really nice. At this, he used the spoon from the sugar dish, and threw sugar on me. I shook it off, and was obviously shocked. I told him to just calm down, and he started swearing at me and calling me names. There were other people in the break room, and one went to tell a manger that we were fighting. The manager thought that she meant we were physically fighting, which we werenít. We were having an argument Ė my coworker was shouting and swearing, and I was just trying to get him to calm down. To be honest, I was frightened, so I really didnít want to get him any more angry.
When the manager showed up, he told us to explain what was going on. I started to tell him my side of the story, when my co-worker threw the entire sugar dish at me. It hit me in the chest, and the sugar sprayed in my face, and eyes, as well as over the rest of me. It hurt, and I immediately tried to get the sugar out of my eyes and off the rest of me.
The manager did what he could to try to settle my co-worker down, but it wasnít really worked, so I called the police. I wanted to protect myself and the other people there, and have the right authorities handle the situation, which I really felt was getting quite aggressive.
I made certain that the manager told the policeman that my coworker had thrown sugarÖand a sugar bowl at me, and that he and other employees had seen it happen.
The co-worker was sent home on suspension, and I stayed to finish my day. I didnít really talk to anyone about it because I didnít take any other breaks that day. I just wanted to get my work done and go home.
The next day, I came in to find out that I was suspended, too, and that there would be an investigation. Apparently, no two stories were exactly the same among the witnesses, so both me and the other guy were fired after five days of suspension. I really donít agree with this! Is there anybody who knows what I can do?