If my husband and a co-worker were sent out of town to work and their company vehicle was broken into, is their employer responsible for compensating them for their lost property?

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If my husband and a co-worker were sent out of town to work and their company vehicle was broken into, is their employer responsible for compensating them for their lost property?

They had a company vehicle and all their personal belongings were in the vehicle at the job site during the work day because their employer does not provide a hotel until the end of the day. The company truck was broken into on the job site and my husband and his co-worker both lost their personal belongings. A police report was filed that night and the amount of items stolen is approx $3,000. They had their lap tops, cameras they use for work, GPS, clothes, etc in the truck. So far his employer refuses to file an insurance claim or give them any compensation for their lost items?

Asked on December 22, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, California

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country the employer is not responsible for reimbursing your husband and the co-worker for the stolen property since the employer did not take such. I suggest that your husband inquire if his property is covered under the presumed insurance policy of the vehicle broken into or your own automobile policy.


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