My son works at a car dealer. A couple of days ago, while moving a customer's new vehicle, he scraped the side of the vehicle on the entrance to the wash bay. They're telling him they will charge him (my son) the cost of the repair, up to the insurance deductible. This doesn't sound right to me for a number of reasons...
He has no control over what their insurance deductible is; it could be $1K or $5K.
Since the repairs will be (and indeed have been) done in the dealer's own in house body shop, they could effectively say the repair cost whatever they want - including their usual profit margin on body work.
When you hire college students for the summer to drive cars around your lot and in and out of buildings all day, you have to assume a certain amount of risk of accidental damage.
So... is the employer allowed to charge the employee for accidental damage to a vehicle, incurred during the normal course of that employee's assigned work?