I work in Ahmedabad in a private limited company. The company strength is 1000+ people. I joined the company 2 years back.
With my manager's permission, I was travelling with my laptop and accidentally, the laptop got damaged.
I reported the damage honestly to my IT department and they diagnosed the problem. They also told me that I will have to bear the new laptop component damage.
Currently, they have introduced a policy that whoever receives the laptop need to sign an agreement saying that they (the employee who is receiving laptop for company work) would be responsible to pay for the damages. I have not signed any paper when I was given the laptop. My manager and the upper management people including the branch HR personnel keep saying that I must pay for the damages. I had asked for the paper which has my signature stating I will be responsible to pay for the damage.
I again had a discussion with management last week and they showed me (on screen) another policy. Though, it still does not have my signaure on that and they have not sent me the policy yet on my email. They are still insisting on paying the money for the damage and emphsizing on moral responsibility and ethics. They are not clearly saying whether there should be a signed document on my part or not.
I am not really willing to pay as I have not signed or agreed upon any document regarding the laptop damage, Also, the policy which they showed me last week is not directly accessible to me. IT department internally forwarded that to the management and one of my directors showed that policy on his computer screen.
They will also be paying bonus and salary increment to me as per their regular cycle.
Now my question is, what are the options I have ? Is it worth a legal fight ?
Also, can the finance department deduct money from my salary to recover damage without my consent ?
From Netherlands, Amsterdam
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