Our shift leader received a call from someone who she thought was from Corporate. She was told that money was missing from our store and a federal investigation was going on. She was asked to send a team member with all the cash in the store to a certain location to protect it from being stolen.
The team member left with the money, and did not return for over an hour. We did not have her number in our scheduling app, we couldn't find an emergency contact list and the GM wasn't answering his phone. The team member eventually reached out to us and told us that she was told to buy a bunch of prepaid cards, hand over the numbers vocally, then rip up the cards and spread them in a dumpster. By this time, the police were involved and we told them the situation.
Our GM now says that from his perspective, the shift leader took the money out of the safe and it was never seen again. He says that if she quits her job, he will keep her paycheck and file a police report against her. Her other option is to continue working at the store until all the money is paid back.
Should the shift leader be accountable for losing company money to a scam? Can the employer ask her to pay back the money?