If an employee lost the keys to the building so the locks had to be changed, is the employee liable for the cost to change the locks?

Asked on March 8, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Nebraska

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

When an employee causes his or her employer some loss or cost due to negligence (that is, carelessness), the employer can hold the employee liable; that is, the employer can seek repayment from the employee. The employer may not simply withhold money from the employee's paycheck, unless the employee agrees to let them do so--but it could sue the employee for the cost; or it could decide to terminate the employee (or suspend him/her or take other disciplinary action) since the employee it money through carelessness (losing the keys).


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