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Small Businesses and Employee Theft

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_633190058.jpgSmall businesses want to know for sure that the employees they hire will be trustworthy and will work hard to ensure stability for the company. Even though most employees are trustworthy and are worth keeping in the business, there are, unfortunately, far too many situations in the workplace where employee theft occurs. Theft is a serious crime that may come with unwanted consequences, and theft in the workplace could be grounds for immediate termination of employment.

Why are Small Businesses Not Reporting Employee Theft?

Small businesses do not always get law enforcement involved when an employee steals from the company. As many as 64 percent of all small businesses have experienced some type of employee theft—with only 16 percent of all incidents being reported to law enforcement.

Small business owners often do not see the employee theft “victimization” as serious enough to go through much trouble with firing the accused employee. Also, many small business owners’ costs in time and effort for a successful prosecution may weigh more heavily than the benefits.

Another major reason why small businesses do not always report employee theft is that there may be emotional ties between the business owner and the accused employee. The accused employee may be a family member, friend, or even a significant other.  It may be difficult to let go of an employee accused of theft, especially if the owner knows the employee’s situation first-hand.

Employee theft may cause complex finances, and small businesses could be under the assumption that all law enforcement may do is write a report of the situation, or that law enforcement may be more occupied with more street-related incidents.

What Do Employees Typically Steal?

Employee theft can come in many forms. However, the five most common ways for employee theft to occur is with cash, merchandise, supplies, payroll, and information. Employee theft often occurs at the cash register since it is very easy to transfer money from the register into the employee’s pocket. Employees may also repeatedly steal pens, paper, scissors, and even furniture or equipment after hours on their last day at work. Employees who commit theft may also make false statements on their time cards in an attempt to get paid for work they did not do, or they may steal other employees’ information for their own personal gain.

Call a Glendale Heights Theft Defense Lawyer

Being charged with employee theft could cost you your job and may also lead to other unwanted consequences. Losing your job due to stealing may prevent you from obtaining employment in the future, and may also affect your relationships with family and loved ones. At Myers Law LLC, we will fight for your rights and will provide effective legal representation. For a free 15-minute phone consultation, please call a Glendale Heights theft attorney at (844) 984-3529 (844-9-THE-LAW) for effective legal representation. We also speak Spanish, to further meet the needs of our clients.

Sources:

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/5-common-ways-employee-theft-occurs-41183.html

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2014/02/20/employee-theft-why-most-small-businesses-dont-report-it.html

 

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