Q: I was terminated from my job and made to sign a promissory note, do I have to pay it?
A few weeks ago I was terminated from my retail job of 4 yrs’ I was brought in the office to speak to LP. I was not even clear why I was there and had to ask 2times. They questioned me for 2 hours.they accused me of giving free merchandise to a customer by not scanning it. I don’tknow this customer outside store, and informed them that while I do not recall this happening, if it did that it was unintentional. They mentioned 4 errors going back 8 months. I recalled one, and stated so. As for others no idea. They had me sign a statement as to my side. I refused to say theft. After, they turned off the recorder and said one more thing- asked me to sign a $40 promissory note, for the one error I recalled. I was clearly uncomfortable signing it and he could see that, and even said something, and pushed and said it was the right thing. I sign on the verge of anxiety attack just to get out of the office- do I have to pay it, it’s not about the money, but principle?
A: Most states have laws preventing employers from recovering damages from employees/former employees for ordinary negligence. If you made an error in ringing up an item, you are not responsible to repay the employer for this. Being detained against your will for 2 hours by LP could be false imprisonment and a violation of your civil rights. This case arises under traffic EMPLOYMENT/CIVIL RIGHTS. You need to discuss with an attorney in your jurisdiction that specializes in this kind of law. Thank you for using Justia, Ask a Lawyer.
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