When I Buy Something from My Employer, Can They Treat Me Differently from Other, Non-Employee Customers?

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“I was just informed that as an employee of Borders book stores I could no longer return books without a receipt. They allow this with other customers, can they treat me differently (as a customer) than any other customer?”

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Yes, of course they can. How many times have you seen disclaimers on sweepstakes, for example, saying that employees of the company are not eligible to enter the sweepstakes? Even when purchasing a product from your employer, you are different from any other (non-employee) customer – that is why you are able to get an employee discount. It’s very easy to imagine why a retail employer would implement such a policy – how easy would it be for an unscrupulous employee to help themselves to a number of books, and then “return” them all for a refund, if no receipt were required?

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Author: Anne P. Mitchell, Esq.

Anne P. Mitchell, Esq. is a noted family law expert, Internet law expert, and Professor of Law at Lincoln Law School of San Jose. She is the author of "Surviving Divorce: the Single Father's Guide" and "The Email Deliverability Handbook"