I just want to inquire about charging employees for lost item at a retail store.
I'm currently working for a dealer company which sells high value gadgets. Last month, there was an incident wherein one high value item went missing.
According to the daily inventory records of the guard in charge, the item has been missing since the 14th of the August. It was my first day as a trainee. However, during the general audit conducted by the head office team on the 20th, they were claiming the said item was still there, hence, they did not call the attention of the warehouseman/in-charge. I'm not sure if they even did a cross referencing with the daily inventory during that time because if they did, they would have seen the discrepancy right away. It was only during the month-end inventory conducted by the branch warehouseman that they found out it was missing.
As far as I know, audit team kept on doing investigations, even watching CCTV recordings but they found out nothing. I was just informed today that all branch employees at that time, including myself, will be charged. (I only stayed in that branch for 3 days, and I don't remember even touching the item since I'm always behind the counters with the officer in charge)
My main question is, is it legal that they will be charging us the amount of the item even though there is no clear explanation as to how or when the item went missing?
Thank you in advance for any advice you can give.