If I lost my store keys can my employer ask me to re-key the store?

Get Legal Help Today

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

If I lost my store keys can my employer ask me to re-key the store?

Asked on August 17, 2011 Minnesota

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Yes, the employer can ask you to do this. If  you are unwilling to do so, the employer could fire you if he wanted, assuming you don't have an employment contract protecting your job (without an employment contract, you are an employee at will, and may be terminated at any time, for any reason--hence you could theoretically be fired after you paid to rekey, if the employer wanted to do that). The employer could also take a lesser action against you, like demote you, reduce hours or pay, etc.  In addition, the employer could sue you for the cost of rekeying the store if you don't pay voluntarily--you apparently negligently (carelessly) caused him to have to expend money to rekey (to avoid a security issue), which would very possibly provide grounds for a successful lawsuit. What he can't do is unilaterally deduct the cost from your paycheck--that is against the labor laws, unless you agree to a deduction.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption