What is the best way to handle employee theft without direct evidence?

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What is the best way to handle employee theft without direct evidence?

We own a small business and have an employee stealing. They do not ring items up and take money off-camera in a blind spot. When surprised came drawer has been over at least $300 each time. How do we prosecute when employee goes off-camera? What do we do in this situation to get most of the money back? We think that it has been going on for a year.

Asked on September 8, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

1) If there is no employment contract, you can fire this person--and should, if you think they are stealing.

2) You can report the suspected theft to the police, along with your reasons for thinking that, and let the police investigate and see if they can obtain information.

3)  You can try to sue the person to recover the money you believe stolen. Therre are other ways to prove theft than having it on camera or rung up; for example, if only person A had access to the money, there was money therefore before A had access, then less money after A had access, the fact  that only a could have taken it may be enough to win a case. You should consult with an attorney.


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