Question at a retail employer, assistant head cashier with three years experience is being threatened with termination because her drawer was short $30. other individuals have access to her drawer however. Can she be held responsible for this?
Answer Michelle - Unfortunately, absent a written employment contract spelling out the permitted reasons for termination, employees can be fired for any reason other than discrimination based on membership in a suspect classification. So yes, she can be fired for this, despite there being no particular reason to hold her responsible for the shortage. However, it may not be enough of a reason for her to be denied unemployment compensation, so she should apply if she loses her job.