Can an employer for charge an employee a claim that wasn’t authorized by an insurance company?

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Can an employer for charge an employee a claim that wasn’t authorized by an insurance company?

I wasn’t trained properly, understaff and the employer is threatening me to pay a claim on a procedure because the authorization was not completed properly through the patient’s insurance company. Is that legal?

Asked on August 10, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you were negligent or careless in processing the claim and therefore cost your employer money, you are responsible for it--being an employee does not immunize you for liability for mistakes that cost your employer. They cannot simply take the money from your pay without your consent or agreement, however: the law does not let them do that. They could, however:
1) Terminate you, if you will not make good on the loss; and/or
2) Sue you for the money.


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