Don’t Let a Robbery Turn into a Lawsuit

In a recent story out of Michigan, Jeremy Hoven, a pharmacist at a Benton Harbor Walgreens, was fired after he shot an armed suspect who attempted to rob the drug store at 4:30 a.m. Though Hoven has a concealed carry permit and utilized his own gun, Walgreens determined that his actions violated the company’s “non-escalation policy.” Do you have a non-escalation policy? An employee robbery policy? Have you ever spoken to your employees about how they should respond to a robbery? If your answer is no to the above questions, you’re doing yourself and your employees a disservice. In the event of a robbery, your first responsibility is to your employees and customers, as you have a duty to maintain a safe workspace and premises. While there is no way to guarantee safety, if your business is prone to such events, you are legally bound to take reasonable efforts to deter robberies. For this reason, it is absolutely essential to institute an employee robbery policy and train your employees to handle theft and robberies so that the situation does not escalate. If you don’t know where to start, consider speaking to local law enforcement about general deterrence measures and the proper way to respond to robberies. They will likely tell you to train your employees to do some of the following : Don’t argue, fight, or use weapons Cooperate, but don’t volunteer assistance Set off alarms and use bait money Be vigilant about the robber’s actions and description Observe the direction in which the thief left Immediately telephone police Lock all the doors A good employee robbery policy will provide the tools and training necessary to end a theft as quickly as possible, keep everyone safe, and ward off negligence lawsuits. Related Resources: Property Owners’ Legal Duty to Prevent Injury (FindLaw) Workplace Health & Safety (FindLaw) Protect Customers From Lunatics or Pay in Court? (FindLaw’s Free Enterprise)

See the rest here:
Don’t Let a Robbery Turn into a Lawsuit

Twitter Follow

Follow us on

Contact Us

ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT:  This communication or portions thereof may be considered "advertising" as defined by Section 6157(c) of the California Business and Professions Code or within the jurisdiction in which you are viewing this.  Nothing in the discussion above is intended to be a representation or guarantee about the outcome of any legal proceeding in which you may be involved.  By providing the information above in this format, Michel & Associates is not soliciting you to hire it to handle a specific legal matter you may currently have or be anticipating commencing in the future.  Notwithstanding the discussion above, you should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content on this site without seeking appropriate legal advice regarding your particular circumstances from an attorney licensed to practice law.  This communication is informational only and does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Michel & Associates.  Michel & Associates's attorneys are licensed to practice in California, Texas, and the District of Columbia.