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Should I pay for possible mistake at work?

I was just wondering – I work in retail and was approached by my manager and asked if I had put through certain products on an IOU, with the customer name and address on it but they never came back. Is this my fault and should I have to pay?

Hi Brian,

 I was just wondering – I work in retail and was approached by my manager and asked if I had put through certain products on an IOU, with the customer name and address on it but they never came back.  Is this my fault and should I have to pay? 

I presume that you released these goods on an IOU or invoice basis and the customer hasn’t paid and hasn’t been heard of since. 

 If you have less than twelve months’ employment period you will probably not be protected by the Unfair Dismissals Act.  This means that regardless of what it says in the contract your employer can ask you to pay or he can threaten to fire you.  If on the other hand you have more than twelve months in the job you have the protection of the Act and it will all depend on what your terms of contract say.  If it says you are obliged to pay then you will have to pay.

  

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