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Old 17.01.2018, 10:18
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Re: Material damage: employee responsibility

Not a lawyer but normally computer would be treated as work tool, just like a wrench to a handyman. So:
- if computer was provided and used in normal performance of your duties (you didn't ask for one when you didn't need/use in your job)
- you used it with reasonable care and responsibility (e.g. you didn't damage intentionally)
- your work contract doesn't specify that you provide all tools needed for your work, or that you are responsible if employer provides them

then I (and I believe most courts/arbitrators) don't see grounds for employer to ask any costs even if computer was accidentally totally destroyed.

Also note, computers are fully depreciated and have book value of zero after 3 years. Repairs on 2-year old computers are often more than BV.

Being correct and being wise aren't always the same thing. Maybe it's wise just to pay repair to avoid conflict or risk getting non-enthusiastic Arbeitszeugnis.

Alternative (if computer is more than 2 years old) is to decline paying the repair but offer to buy the computer for company book value.

Good luck!
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