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Hi All


Was wondering where my partner stands with a theft that occured at the workplace, it goes as follows


My partner signed up for some warehouse work (nightshifts) via an agency.


He began work and did a few shifts, on 31st Oct he went in to start his 10pm shift and put his coat containing all the usual (phone, money etc) with the rest of the workers coats and began his shift.


On his break he discovered his coat had been taken.


Now, this company do provide cages to put your belongings in but you have to provide your own lock/key etc.. This wouldnt be a problem but they are far too small to get a winter coat in.


The security guards were awful! they refused to even let him use the phone to call me to fetch him until he kicked up a stink. No'one was remotedly interested, no'one called us back when we called to see if the CCTV had been viewed etc.. totally uninterested. He had no way of getting home as they had taken his money.


We informed the police who checked the CCTV and it was conveniently placed just above his coat so they couldnt do anything.


We have written with a complaint for their security's attitude and to demand compensating for the stolen belongings.


They have basically replied they have fulfilled their 'Duty of Care' with those small cages and it's my partners fault for not using them.. (there are also usually not enough cages for all employees to use)


He left the Company that day due to their attitude and as no'one cared about the theft


Anyone know where we stand on this and are they right ??


many thanks in advance

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Technically - probably yes. The lockers may have been too small for a big coat - but not for valuables like a phone or wallet. If there were not enough lockers for him to put his valuables into, then the company should have made provision for their secure storage elsewhere, but you do not seem to be indicating that this was the case as it seems that this was not an issue. The most obvious way of stealing these items was to steal the coat as well - then it looked like someone was simply taking their coat. No doubt the valuables were the actual target, and it was somewhat foolish to leave such items unsecured.


I am a barrister specialising in employment law, and only represent employees. My advice on employment issues is advice - not legal opinion - and is based only on the facts you provide. If you want an accurate assessment of your case and prospects, you should get legal opinion from a lawyer - not a public forum. Anything I tell you is for guidance only, and is based on my experience of the law in the context of what details you provide.


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