What can I do about harassment by my roommate/co-worker?
Question Details: I was told by a police officer yesterday to not speak with my roommate/co-worker and to get a restraining order on her because I had to write 2 police reports on her yesterday. Word got around work that I was going to get one and now she is having my other co-workers come to my desk and taunt me. She also keeps trying to yell at me while I'm working. I have been ignoring it and telling her that, "I do not wish to speak with you right now". The police report was made because she smashed my glass cups on the floor and left glass for me to step on when I entered the premises and because she intentionally locked me out of my own bedroom after unplugging everything.
You can't do anything about harassment by a roommate except if she does something which would consitute a criminal act, in which case you could file a police report and/or look to press charges against her. Unfortunately, there is no basis in landlord-tenant law for taking action in landlord-tenant court or a landlord-tenant context against a roommate.
You can report her harassment as a coworker to your employer's management or HR department, and they may choose to take action against her--but they don't have to. An employer is under no obligation to intervene in a dispute between employees or prevent harassment of a coworker and may let this continue. Again, the police--if she does something which would be a crime--may be your only recourse.