Someone stole my check after I evacuated Hurricane Irma

UPDATED: Oct 1, 2022

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Someone stole my check after I evacuated Hurricane Irma

I was working at Dominos in St. Petersburg, FL. We evacuated during Hurricane Irma and was forced to stay at our current location 500 miles away with relatives. That was September 6th. I contacted my old boss to have him send my check on September 24th. He agreed to mail my check to my current location. On September 30th I contacted him again because I had not heard back from him. He finally got in touch with me on October 5th and told me he was having trouble locating my check. He asked,

Asked on November 6, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

An employer is not liable if someone stole your check or forged your signature to cash it: an employer is not liable for criminal acts of other people (or even of its employees, if a coworker did this, because committing criminal acts is outside the scope or duties or employment, and so is not something the employer asks employees to do or makes part of their jobs). The employer does not even have to replace a paycheck stolen by a third party, so if they are replacing your paycheck, you are actually coming out ahead--they are going beyond what they are required to do. If you know or can identify who did this, you may press charges against that person to punish him or her.

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