When Hotel or Housing Security Guards Steal: Businesses Need to Promote Stable Environments

March 28, 2014 in Articles | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

Virginia Business Lawyers

When individual workers start with criminal behavior on the job, their actions can turn into big problems for business leadership. Business liability from dishonest employers isn’t always limited to the loss of business assets — it can involve other parties.

Theft by employees is not limited to business sectors like hospitalities or housing, but these kinds of businesses face unique challenges, because they are responsible for handling the security of guests or tenants, and their personal belongings.

Security Guard Charged in Charlottesville, Virginia

February 18 reports from local NBC affiliate WVIR 29 revealed charges against a former security guard at Westminster Canterbury on the Blue Ridge. A local Albemarle County circuit court judge sentenced the defendant according to the eight felony charges after a police sting turned up evidence that the former employee was stealing jewelry from rooms. The Westminster Canterbury is a retirement housing complex in the Charlottesville, Virginia metro area.

Virginia Business Litigation Attorneys: Business Liability and Response

Cases like the one mentioned above can be difficult for a business that employs a dishonest individual who is able to steal from clients or customers of that business. In many cases, business insurance will come into play, but what if that coverage is not sufficient to deal with litigation or other problems?

Local business lawyers understand the need to have adequate security and safety protocol in place, to protect businesses around accidents or liabilities. This includes the personal health and safety of housing community residents, and the safety of their personal assets. A rogue security guard is a kind of “internal threat” that a business needs to take very seriously in order to weather an emergency situation where clients or others are reporting thefts.

This is just one kind of situation in which businesses have to respond to complex legal challenges, and where having a defined security protocol and consistent business model can help. Getting qualified counsel can help a business to predict the consequences of unanticipated problems related to workers, workplace protocols or individual business processes. Having good legal representation is a major part of administrative leadership for nearly any kind of business, where Virginia business litigation attorneys, or a ‘solicitor’ or other counsel can be involved in helping to craft business planning on a day to day basis.

Getting Business Litigation Counsel in Charlottesville, Virginia

An enterprise in or around Charlottesville or Albemarle County can benefit from the experience of Virginia business litigation attorneys at MartinWren, P.C. We excel in helping a business of any size to evaluate its role in the local community, and to put in place the right kind of precautions and safeguards to limit risk. With a detailed knowledge of local statutes and the realities around establishing local operations in cooperation with municipalities, we help businesses to look at practical ways to go ahead with plans. Let us help you to look at specific business processes and operations in order to achieve long-term success.

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