How can I get my employer to check and show me the surveillance cameras?

I’m an employer at a small market in town. My employer called me into the store late last night after closing the registers. She informed me that there is an $800 shortage out of the register which was made by printing 2 money orders worth $400 each. I’m extremely cautious when I do my job, so I’m thinking in my head like I would remember making this money order transaction. She showed me all the forms that she prints out after closing that show her all transactions made that day and she tells me the only money missing from the register is the $800 from the money order. I remained calm the entire time; I asked her plenty of times nicely if she could check the cameras and show me if I missplaced it or to show me if I made a really huge mistake (although I would remember making such a mistake). She then told me that she won’t check the cameras because they go by what the system says and not the surveillance cameras. I just want to get her to check the cameras from 8 am to 9 am to have a clear view of what actually happened before accusing me and or pressing charges.

Asked on April 7, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can't force her to show you the surveillance footage unless you are engaged in a legal action, such as if she tries to sue you for the money, claiming that you either negligently or intentionally cost her it or took it; in the course of a lawsuit, there are mechanisms to get access to the footage.
Note that if she chooses to fire you over this, it won't matter what the footage shows, unless you have a written employment contract limiting the reasons or procedure by which you may be terminated, and she violates that contract; otherwise, without a contract, you are an "employee at will" and may be terminated at any time, for any reason, even incorrect or mistaken ones, whatsoever.


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