If my husband’s brand new air gun tool was stolen at work, is his employer liable for replacing it?

It was in his tool box locked. It appears someone the lock was tampered with. This is not the first time things have been stolen.

Asked on December 11, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Minnesota


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, the employer is not liable for a theft, even if it occurs at the workplace. Employers are not liable, or responsible, for the criminal acts of other persons. They are not even liable for the criminal acts of other employees, because stealing from someone is outside the scope of employment--that is, it is not part of what the employee is hired for.

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