Do I have grounds to seek compensation from my employer for business-related damages to my property?
November 2, 2010 9:23 PM Subscribe
[ Employer Compensation Filter ] Do I have grounds to seek compensation from my employer for damage to my car incurred during business use?
posted by anonymous to work & money (11 answers total)
I use my personal vehicle to transport products needed for the daily operations of the store I manage (think big US paint manufacturer). When hired, I was required to sign a form saying that I was willing to use my personal vehicle for this kind of activity.
Fast-forward to the present, and a huge container or oil-based paint leaked in the back seat of my brand new car. This wasn't due to negligence on my part; the container had no visible signs of damage, but the seal of the lid wasn't working.
I'm clearly biased, but I'm of the opinion that agreeing to use my vehicle for company use does not mean I accept any damages that happen to it during this activity. Do I have grounds to ask for compensation here? Is it a good idea to do so, or will I have to fear for my job in the aftermath?
Thanks ahead of time Askmefi!