Charlotte, NC asked in Employment Law for South Carolina

Q: My boss threatened me with a hefty lawsuit if i mess up again. Can he really do that over a mistake?

I work for an ecig retail shop in Fort Mill, SC. After not properly IDing someone who was a secret shopper (and easily looked 30-35 years old), I was threatened by y boss in a very crass manner that he would file a civil suit against me until i have no money left and owe him for the rest of my life. I didn't say anything to him because of anger issues and fear of offending him or losing my job. Can he really sue me to that extent over a mistake? I properly ID all people that i think are underage, and i cane definitely tell if someone isn't old enough to buy vape juice, coils, etc., but i don't think its proper practice to rudely threaten a 19 year old with a life-ending lawsuit over a simple mistake.

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Jeremy R. Summerlin
Jeremy R. Summerlin
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  • Greenville, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: I don't see what legal grounds he would have to sue you over, unless you signed some sort of contract with him that provides him with some remedy for a situation like this, which I doubt.

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