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By  notzax  |  19

Abusing your power? More like giving him what he deserved. Maybe they promoted you to do their dirty work and hit two birds with one stone while covering their asses.

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  Mauskau  |  32

Usually it's best to file a complaint first so they have proof of you being assaulted, because then you have something to fall back on. But if it were me I'd let someone else do the firing. HR can usually arrange that kind of stuff, although it takes longer.

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  vampire623  |  6

#36 that's true but also the hard workers have more stuff go wrong because they are doing the work abd the lazy ones seem better because they have less problems attached to them

By  igg125  |  28

Too many negative votes, comment buried. Show the comment

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  clemsi  |  20

If the co-worker had a contract for employment that has nothing in it about physical violence being a terminating offense, OP might have gone about firing him in the wrong way. I highly doubt that's the case though. I also don't know how London deals with at will employment.

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  JustinJK  |  21

There doesn't need to be anything in the contract or a written rule to not attack your coworkers/employers/etc!!! That's an unspoken rule in society. Don't physically attack people! Shit there's a lot of things not in my contract / employee handbook that I can get fired for.

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  bwinski  |  19

Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought assault was threatening to commit an act of violence or excessive force while battery is the actual term for striking someone. I would say you are justified for firing because of battery then...

By  bulletsinthewind  |  20

Seems to me like you did the right thing. He assaulted a coworker. It would've been the same if he had hit someone else, but it just happened that he hit you. Something fishy happened there. That was no reason to fire you.

By  1dvs_bstd  |  41

You get assaulted, you should have reported it to HR and let them deal with it. I guess in a point of view, it was a personal vendetta for you that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with your company.

By  Geckosrock99  |  32

You got assaulted. You had every right to fire him. Go directly to HR and you should get your job back. If you do, whoever fired you should be written up for firing you for, what sounds like to me, an unlawful reason.

By  1dvs_bstd  |  41

This is what I find irritating. You go through life, working hard, obeying the law and what do you get? Pow! right in the kisser. You don't retaliate in kind because violence is barbaric and you're civilized. You use your position as boss and terminate the culprit because that's no way to treat a coworker in a place of work and what do you get? Out of job. I know I don't usually like all these sue sue shit but if I had evidence, I'd sue the company and its foundation.

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