Watervliet, NY asked in Employment Law for New York

Q: I work at metro by T-Mobile and someone broke the store windows and my boss is blaming me and making me pay for them.

Someone vandalized the store which is the same person stalking me and harassing me and he found out where I worked and broke the store windows and I told my boss it might be him and he said I would have to pay for the damages when I wasn’t at fault at all I can’t control people.

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Christopher Marlborough
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A: The short answer is no, the employer cannot require you to pay the damage. In New York, there is a short list of deductions an employer may take from a worker's salary, like wage overpayment, taxes, etc. Needless to say, the list does not include property damage caused by your stalker. The law that protects you is New York Labor Law, Section 193.

I am sorry to hear about this. It sounds like you were victimized in this situation twice. First by your stalker and then by your employer. Best of luck to you.

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