Can I sue my former employer for not compensating me for my loss of wages, vehicle, and other property?

I was working as a pizza delivery driver. I was in a hit and run, robbed, then my car was stolen – all within 45 days. The company has not responded to unemployment it will not respond to me either. I had full coverage insurance but my claim was denied because I delivered pizza. This has turned my whole life upside down.

Asked on April 26, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Your employer is NOT responsible for someone else attacking or robbing you, or getting into an accident with you: your employer does not insure you against loss or harm, or guaranty you will not suffer a loss or  harm from working for them, etc. They are not responsible or liable for you loss of car or other property or money; they are not responsible for your injuries, if any; they are not responsible for your lost wages, if you can't drive for them due to losing  your car; and they are not legally obligated to respond to you or unemployment (unless unemployment takes action against them in some way--you, however, can not). In short, as unfortunate as this is, your employer does not have to help you out or make you whole.


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