Under what circumstances is a sheriff allowed to come to my home?

After reporting harassment charges to my employer, I was terminated. After being served charges from the EEOC they’re accusing me of keeping desk keys and company phone and threatening to send the sheriff to my home to get them? Are these circumstances in which the sheriff would consent coming to me home?

Asked on February 29, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, they cannot simply send the sheriff to recover items they believe you took. What they can do is this:

1) If the employer believes you stole the items, they could report it as a criminal matter to the police--theft is illegal, after all.

2) If they believe you took the items and you do not return them, they could sue you for their return (for a court order that you return them; or for their value). If they sue and win, and you still do not return the items or their value, there are some circumstances under which, well down the road, the sheriff could become involved in collections or recovery efforts against you.

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