My employer stole my money?
December 13, 2012 10:51 AM Subscribe
How to pursue check theft with my employer
posted by cartoonella to work & money (28 answers total)
Over the past year or so, my workplace has had a rash of random thefts - everything from computers and microphones to jewelry and clothing, phones and chargers, to bowls, plastic tableware and coffee creamer. There was a lot of hand-wringing and holding of meetings for a while, and then nothing - just a directive to employees to not bring in items we don't want to lose, and lock up everything else.
The response from management was a bit lacking. I felt unsafe and resented the fact that nothing had really been redressed. I had asked about compensation for my lost items (a phone charger and some burnable cds) and they said they weren't going to compensate me.
I brought it to the green. I got some advice to go to the police if it continued. I hadn't done that yet, but was considering it.
So - a friend owed me some money recently, and wanted to send me a check for it. I asked him to send it to me at work, because the mail delivery at my apartment can vary as to times, and I'm at work all day. So I asked him to send the money to me at my work address. I now realize that was a terrible move.
I waited for a week, didn't receive anything. The guy swore up and down he'd sent the check. All I knew was I hadn't received it, so I asked him to check with his bank. He did - and sent me a copy of the cleared check, which had been endorsed by - my employer!
I was stunned. It wasn't something HR would do. Somebody saw that envelope and figured it must contain a check. They opened an envelope addressed to me, stamped it with the company endorsement stamp, and cashed it. I mean, this is what I assume from what I'm seeing. I told my employer, and emailed HR the copy of the cleared check. No response yet - they're "working" on it.
The check was for $100. I assume my employer has theft insurance, but I can't get a straight answer from them. If they refuse to compensate me, is it time to file a report?
I'm also a union member - I have a call in to my union rep in case they can help, but I doubt it. They tend to side with management, even in one instance when they felt I was in the right. "I agree with you on this," the rep told me, "but is it worth making waves over?" That's their attitude, so not holding out much hope for that quarter.
I mainly want my money back, but I'm also wondering which fellow employee of mine had the cohones to open a check addressed to me, and cash a check made out to me. I'm not into vigilante justice or anything, but it would be nice to know that this person has received some sort of warning or wrist slap or SOMETHING. It has to be someone in the admin office, because they have access to the company endorsement stamp. Also, the name of the bank that processed the check is printed on the photostat of the cleared check. HR could probably easily determine which of their employees use that bank. I mean there are ways to narrow down the range of possible folks here that could be responsible.
Also - if someone has cashed my check, is there anything else the bank could tell me about this? The check was cashed at a bank where I don't have an account. Should I pursue details with them like what time and day it was done, which branch, etc? Am I vulnerable to further ID theft? What steps should I take to try to prevent further incursions on my finances and my sanity here?
I'm glad the check wasn't for a huge sum of money, but I'm still out $100. Any ideas appreciated.