Can an employee be held responsible

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Can an employee be held responsible

I work at a car dealership, at the end
of the day I was putting vehicles back
in place when I accidentally backed into
another vehicle. 500 was deducted from
my wages for the accident. Is that
legal?

Asked on August 7, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you are at fault in damaging your employer's property, you are as liable or responsible for the damage and its costs as you would be if you damaged your neighbor's property: there is no law requiring an employer to absorb this cost for you. If you back into another vehicle, you were almost certainly at fault: the driver operating in reverse is generally held to be at fault, since they have the obligation to make sure they have enough room and everything is clear before they back up. And if you hit a stationary or parked vehicle, you are definitely liable: the law considers it careless to hit a stationary object.


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