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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?

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.

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Margaret M. deMarteleire


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Attorney for 20 years, currently working exclusively with employment law - FLSA, FMLA, federal contracts, pay, etc.

Temple University School of Liberal Arts, BA, Rhetoric & Communication, 1982 Temple University School of Law, JD, 1990 Certificate in HR, Cornell University ILR School, 2006

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