Establish an employee policy on responding to shoplifters–and be consistent in enforcement

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Two employees of a Sprint store at a Denver mall chased down and subdued a shoplifter even though they were on break at the time. Heroic? Yes. But also a violation of Sprint company policy that says employees should not chase shoplifters. The result: Both men were fired. Such firings for shoplifter-chasing also played out at a Florida Walmart and Colorado Best Buy in the past year.

The lesson: Employers are within their rights to set such policies, which can protect you from liability in case someone gets hurt in the incident. Just make sure you enforce such policies consistently to avoid discrimination claims.


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