What do I do about landlord who coerced my employee to sign rent check?

My employee is not a signer on the checking account and told him so. She said the owner would sign the check in the morning but landlord demanded employee sign the check so she did. He could have just collected the $50 late fee from me the next day.

Asked on October 10, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Oregon

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If your commercial landlord pressured one of your employees to sign a rent check owed him or her which created a problem with you and your employee regarding authority to sign the check, you need to do the following:

1. have a meeting with this employee advising her not to do what she did again.

2. have a meeting with your landlord advising him that any issues with the lease needs to be handled directly between you and him and that he or she is to keep employees out of any rental issues.

What the landlord did with the employee was inappropriate. What the employee allowed the landlord to do with respect to coercion upon her to sign a check likewise was inappropriate. You have bad behavior regarding both the landlord and the employee that needs to stop immediately.


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