Can they fire me for being a victim of domestic violence?!?
I need some advice please. I've been separated for 9 months from my crazy, delusional, abusive STBX. He's always been very jealous and controlling, but things got really bad two years ago when he accused me of having an affair with a coworker. I've been completely faithful and tried to prove it by passing a lie detector test. Of course, he didn't accept the results. He GPSed my car, put spyware on the computer, send my panties & sheets to a lab for sperm testing, stalked me, and was abusive in many ways.
Shortly after he accused me, he started calling my coworker and harassing the man as well as stalking him. I had a protection order against my husband and had to bring this my employer's attention. My coworker (who by the way has always been professional and courteous to me) was freaked out that this total stranger was harassing him. It's clear to everyone that my STBX is having a difficult time distinguishing between reality and his twisted fantasies. Shortly after this started my employer issued a Do Not Trespass notice to him so that he cannot go on the property. They increased security too.
Meanwhile, my STBX has continued to make threats against me, the coworker, the human resources officer, VP and President of the company who he thinks are all involved in this vast conspiracy to cover for me. Because it's obvious to everyone that I work with that I'm not having an affair and the ex is delusional and abusive, the management is all really worried that my STBX is going to come to the office and commit some act of violence.
I've just been informed that they are forcing me to work from home until further notice. I'm worried that if I'm out of sight, I'm out of mind and I'll be passed by for promotions, etc. I've always been an explary employee, but now I'm extremely worried that they are going to fire me. Everyone is really tired of having to deal with the extra security at the office. They are tired of the continuous drama that my ex continues to create. I'm sure there is resentment too that my other team members have to pick up the slack due my abscence.
Sorry this post is so long, but I need advice and I don't know what to do. Should I start looking for another job? If I lose this job I'll have no way to support myself and my kids. Do I have any rights here? I am fearful of my safety too and would like to get another protection order but I feel that will be the final straw for me at work and they'll fire me.