Am I liable to my employer for a clients bounced check?

I worked for a veterinarian in my area for a short time. At the end of August a client came in, asked us to hold her check for services rendered unto her, for a few days. Since this was explained to me as something the Dr. allowed, I accepted the check, with no date written, as instructed. Subsequently, the office manager ran the check through a check writers machine and found this client has a history of bad checks. The Dr. chose not to deposit this check for fear it would bounce, and began to tell me everyday for the remainder of my employment that I owed him for the check. I have since quit, for this and other reasons. He has since sent me my last pay check through the mail, and included a letter that " I should stick to my moral duty and pay for the check..." Am I liable, should I ignore his plea for payment? Please help.

1 answer  |  asked Sep 18, 2002 12:33 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

Answers (1)

Janet M. Koehn
you are not liable

you are not liable for a debt owed by a customer to your employer, under just about any circumstances (unless you are the customer!). if he attempts to collect, he may be violating the law. you should contact an attorney experienced in collections; you can find one through your local bar association.
good luck!
janet m. koehn

posted by Janet M. Koehn  |  Sep 18, 2002 1:21 PM [EST]

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