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  1. #1
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    Jul 2009

    Is a employer responsible for personal property theft?

    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? AZ.
    My husbands is a semi mechanic & 7 months ago his company was robbed. My husbands tools were stolen & there was damage to his tool box, damages are close to 50k. There was 2 other mechanics with damages along with company vehicles that were stolen but recovered a couple days later. The employer had 1st informed us that they are not responsible for our loss however, they will make this one time exception. That they will make sure that he will get everything back. There was a insurance agent there that took pictures of the damage to the tool box along with the inventory of all the tools that were stolen. Well that was 7 months ago & still nothing. When questioned, they say that they are still fighting with the insurance company. They also used a Security Company that was suppose to monitor the cameras. The night that they got robbed the employee for the Security Company fell asleep & was not aware of the robbery until it was too late. My husband employer had informed him that they are suing the Security Company as well. Meanwhile, we are 50k in the hole. We did not have a separate insurance policy for the tools that were on company property. Our questions are, Is the employer responsible for the theft of employees tools or not? Also, how to find out if the company maybe already got paid for the claim but are not refunding us the monies?
    Any advise or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. There are 2 other mechanics who claimed there loss also. Due to the economy every one is kind of scared to ruffle the feathers, no one wants to get fired but 7 months seems to be way too long for a insurance company not to pay on a claim.

    Thank you everyone for your time.What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?

  2. #2
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    Apr 2011
    south side
    Seven months is not too unusual if the company and insurance are in dispute. Your husband could always seek a lawyer to sue for compensation and then the company would pay the judgement from that with the insurance payment (assuming he wins).

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