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I live in Minnesota. I work for an ambulance service and caused

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I live in Minnesota. I work for an ambulance service and caused damage to our ambulance. While going to get my lunch in the vehicle, I scraped against the side of an object (which was not damaged) and causedamage to the paint and decals of the ambulance.

There is no policy or agreement about individual employees paying for damages. Anytime a vehicle has ever been damaged in the past, it was major damage. So there is no precedent in our company either way.

Could I be responsible for the monetary damage?

Hello and welcome.

My name is XXXXX XXXXX my goal is to provide you with excellent service today. I am sorry to hear of your difficult situation. Before I can give you an accurate answer to your question, please provide the following additional information:

Did you have permission from the employer to get lunch while driving the ambulance?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Yes. There is no written policy regarding it yes or no. But our shift doesn't receive a lunch break. So for the past 5 years at least, it has been standard operating procedure with knowledge and acceptance by management.

I see. Thank you for clarifying that for me, Michael.

Since you had at least implied consent from the employer, this would typically be considered damage which occurred in the scope of your employment and the employer would be liable for damages, not the employee. Employers are typically insured for these types of damages.

In addition, MN law normally prohibits an employer from making wage deductions for property damage from an employee's wages unless the employee provides their written consent.

Here is a link to the applicable section of the state code:

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