Guard Won’t Receive Workers’ Comp for ‘Harassment’

NEWARK, N.J. — A hospital security guard who claimed her work caused her to have a psychiatric disability will not be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits, according to a ruling by a state judge. The woman claimed she was harassed by one of her supervisors.

The woman, who worked as a guard at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at the time of her alleged harassment, called the work environment stressful, the Insurance Journal reports. She said she had been told to remove a blanket she had wrapped around herself while patrolling the emergency room. She was also told that she had taken too many sick days and was questioned about leaving her post half an hour early. She believed other guards were allowed to take longer breaks than her.

Compensation Judge Sue Pai Yang stated that the allegations did not warrant compensation, as many of them — such as being questioned about leaving her post early — were an inherent part of employment.

The woman — who was referred to as J.T. in legal documents — now works as a security guard in Florida.

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