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Can an employer escort a process server to your desk if you are refusing to come to the front office?

Kansas City, MO |

Does a company have to call employee to front office if process server shows and if the employee refuses to come to office can the office personnel bring process server to your desk?

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The employer can or need not cooperate with the process server. Different businesses handle this differently.


The company may choose how they wish to handle the situation. They may choose not to have an employee come to the front desk and not allow the process server into their back area if they would like.

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C. Curran Coulter II, J.D.
Attorney and Counselor at Law
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There are significant missing facts here that will likely determine the answer to your question. The underlying issue is why are you trying to avoid being served? In answer to your query, the employer can pretty much do what they want with respect to escorting visitors around their own premises. If the process server makes it clear that they know you work there the employer probably didn't want to deal with the guy showing up every day while you duck service. They cut through the b.s. and solved their problem (i.e.: process server will not bug them anymore). Why you created a problem for your employer in the first place goes back to the underlying issue of why you are trying to avoid being served.

Many jurisdictions allow for substituted service (taping or nailing the papers to your home's front door) or publication (a newspaper ad informing you of the lawsuit), especially if they have genuinely tried to serve you and have failed. Ducking service is not a defense to a lawsuit, nor is it a valid long-term strategy. Get an attorney and face the suit -- this will be cheaper, easier and less hassle than trying to play games with service of process.

Good luck!