ex employer fired me with a text message and also texted theft charges were being filed against me another employee took a money order for 450.00 and was caught no charges were filed on him whats the difference i took some cigarettes
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Consider the answer from the employer’s perspective. It’s not about the amount, it’s about trust. Whether it’s a paper clip, a pen, a pack of smokes or $459; none of those belong to the employees. Someone who steals cannot be trusted to not steal.
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Mr. Kahn gives you a direct and honest answer here. Theft is a crime of moral turpitude and not something anyone wants on their record.
You should hire a good criminal defense attorney in your community. Theft is a crime of dishonesty, and will close doors to future jobs involving a cash register. It can hurt housing and travel. Being a convicted thief is a real problem -- get a lawyer and fight to keep this off your record.
To answer your question: how an employer chooses to discipline individual employees is pretty much up to the employer. I understand your frustration about what you see as the lack of consistency, however. I'm sorry you're going through this.
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