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Stolen Stuff At Work

My purse was stolen at work in the employee storage cabinet. We are told to put our belongings in a cabinet with a padlock on it. A customer went into the cabinet and stole all of my stuff. I never signed anything that says the employer is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. I stored my stuff where I was told to do so. Now my rent money was stolen and I have no way of paying rent. Is my employer responsible?

Asked on August 2, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The fact that property is stolen at work, does not automatically make an employer responsible for the loss. Liability will depend on a whether the employer has specificlly agreed to accept responsibility for such a losss under the terms of an employment contract, union agreement or it has a policy or practice of covering these type of losses. The fact is that workers take in their personal possessions at their own risk.


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