Can my employer make my co-worker and Ipay for medical supplies/medications that were stolen due to our negligence?

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Can my employer make my co-worker and Ipay for medical supplies/medications that were stolen due to our negligence?

We are the employees with keys and we are responsible for securing the medical supply room nightly. One night we both assumed that one another locked it up before we left. But it was left unlocked and over $1000 worth of medical supplies were stolen.

Asked on July 18, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Actually you employer can do this. Unless this violates existing company policy or violate an employment/union agreement your employer's actions are perfectlyy permissible from a legal standpoint. Also, discrimination must not have playeda role in your employer's decision to charge you. In at will employment an employer may set the terms of employment as it see fit. In turn, an employee can choose to work for their employer or not. However, unless you previously consented (possibly in your employment application or if you signed your employee handbook, etc), your employer cannot not deduct these amounts from your paycheck. It will have to make reimbursement arrangements with you.


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