Can an employer make an employee pay them for a customer’s missing check?

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Can an employer make an employee pay them for a customer’s missing check?

Asked on December 18, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If the employee lost the check through negligence (or carelessness), the employee would be liable for the check. If the employee will not pay voluntarily, the owner could sue for the money, and would win if he/she could prove it was the employee's fault. The employer could also, of course, fire an employee who has cost him/her money, and the firing would be "for cause"--that is, unemployment benefits would not be available.


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