If I was on the clock running errands for my employer to a client and my car was stolen on their property, who is liable?

Asked on July 31, 2014 under Criminal Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Your employer is not liable for the criminal theft of you car, even if it happened while you were working and on their property. They would only be liable if they were "at fault" in some way, such as if it was stolen by a fellow employee whom the employer kept employed despite knowing of past convictions for theft or car theft (thus, kept employing despite knowing of an enhanced risk of criminal activity; employing someone known to present an enhanced risk is negligent, or careless); it is the same way that you would not be responsible if a friend parked his car in your driveway while visting you at your invitation and someone unconnected to you stole it. Without fault, there is no liability. Obviously, if you find out who the thief is, you may sue that person.

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