Stole from my employer
Asked Sep 21, 2009, 05:33 PM
First time on here but signed up straight away to see if you could help me find an answer...even if its not the one I want?!
I have worked for the same company for two years. It is a finance company.
Throughout that time I have seen and been told to do many things that I shouldn't or didn't feel was right...but was informed that if I didn't I would loose my job.
These involved breaking rules on harassment and confidentiality.
My working hours were over 48 hours a week with pretty much every Saturday being worked by myself - again - with the threat that I had to to keep my job.
Since being there I have hit/over acheived my targets for 16 months out of 24.
Any commission/bonus was achieved by the branch you worked in achiveing target - but if you didn't hit it individually - you got in trouble. It put a huge amount of pressure on you - but it was a job!
I worked over time - not extra pay and if the branch didn't hit target then you got nothing.
All this sounds like I'm playing a sob story but I'm not - I'm just painting an outline for you to understand and hopefully help me better!
Expenses were paid 15 days after you submitted then - this was a fight to get back...but you had spent the fuel knocking on peoples doors when they wouldn't pay you!
As a result of expenses not being paid and then having to use further of my own money to continue being able to do my job - no company car was available - I fell into trouble with my money.
I took approx 1000 from my employer rather than banking it...but I was found out before I could put the money back - which I was and had been for some time.
I walked out the same day saying I was sick - I received a phone call - answerphone from my area manager asking me to call her back but if I didn't I would receive a letter from her the following day.
Rather than ringing her back I awaited the letter it never came.
It has been two weeks and accoridng to old collegues I should have been for two meetings but have never received a phone call or a letter at either my parents address - which they have - or my new address.
I think it may have gone to an old address they had registered.
However, they must have received it back as not known at address - as this has happened to my credit card as I forgot to change the address - so they froze it until I sent proof of address change.
I have still not heard anything and it has been just over two weeks - I have spoke to a solicitor and they have advised me to ring them and find out where this letter is, what is happening etc but I'm so scared I daren't even pick up the phone and dial their number let alone speak to them.
You have to bare in mind this company has a rputation for being able to rip people apart...
What do I do?
Do I wait to see if they continue?
Do I do nothing?
Do I send them a letter asking to communicate via correspondance only?
I have been informed that if they do not inform the police within a certain time - normally as soon as they realise the money has gone and nobody admitts it then they can not pursue it?
Do I write to them and offer to pay the money back?
Im confused and worried - I've never done anything like this before and did it because I couldn't cope with the working hours and the pressure of my debts due to the extra cost the company was knowingly or not knowling causing me....