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What are my rights regarding working in a safe and secure enviornment?

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What are my rights regarding working in a safe and secure enviornment?

I work at hairdresser’s and we have recently been having problems with our security. We are located in a small shopping center and only have 1 girl closing at night. In the last couple months some of our girls when closing have dealt with strange men waiting by their car until they got off, threatened to stab them, have had stereo’s stolen from their cars in the the employee parking lot and money stolen from our back room when our back door had been left opened. Now I have brought this up with my district manager and she has done nothing about it and blown it all off. I am extremely scared of going to work any more.

Asked on June 25, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, your employer is not the police--the employer is not responsible for crime occuring outside the premises, and is not generally or usually responsible for crime committed by third parties not under the employer's control within the premises, unless and only to the extent that the employer can be shown to have been unreasonably careless or negligent. From what you write, the employer does not have to do anything in this situation, other than possibly secure the back door better. This is a matter which should be addressed to the police.


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