What can I do if my agency asked me to shoulder an operational loss wthout it being stated in the orientation?

I work at a Bank under an Agency. When I was new at work, they did not tell me that I will shoulder any operational loss while being in the company. Last year, I had an operational loss amounting to almost $22,000. The call was around mid october but the loss was found around Febuary of this year. Before, the operational loss is within the bank and the agency. However, now they suddenly implemented that all the operational loss should be shouldered by agents. Can you help me out?

Asked on October 18, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless there is a contract in which you agreed to be responsible for any operational loss, you would not be: employees (including temps or freelancers) or contractors are not responsible for operational losses except to the extent they agreed to be responsible. Unless they can reasonably/plausibly fit this under "LOSS OR DAMAGE TO TOOLS, MATERIALS, EQUIP, AND OTHER PROPERTY OF THE COMPANY OR ITS CLIENT AFTER DUE PROCESS," you would not be responsible for this. If the withhold pay,  etc. from you which you earned in order to "pay for" this loss,  you could sue them for the money.

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