A new coworker just started in our office, and on her first day she told us:
- No one can speak to her. Communication needs to be done over email only.
- No one can speak in the room we work in. There's 4 of us working in one big room, and every time someone says something to someone else, whether it's work-related or not, she says "can you keep it down?"
- She needs the lights to be off and the door to be closed and locked. This is especially uncomfortable for me as working in the dark is straining my eyes and I'm not comfortable being closed up in the room. I also feel like it's a "bad look" for two people to emerge from a closed/locked room together. I'm not going to explain what I mean by this, don't worry about it if you don't understand.
So far I and my co-workers have let her have this because we didn't want to start off on the wrong foot, but these feel like unreasonable demands to be making. How should I/we go about pushing back against this?
Location is NY, USA. No, there's no other office any of us can move to, and remote working isn't permitted.