Am I responsible for a check a customer wrote that bounced?

I work for a hotel and a guest and employee at the time wrote a check to pay for their room, It bounced and they quit and took off. Now my employer wants me to pay for it. Even held half my check until I gave them $100. Am I responsible?

Asked on April 12, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Mississippi

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

In MS, my research suggests that an employer can hold an employee liable for a loss such as you describe. That having been said, an employer cannot hold an employee's paycheck, even in a case where the employee in fact owes money. So while you owe the money, you could still file a wage claim regarding the withholding of your paycheck.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

In MS, my research suggests that an employer can hold an employee liable for a loss such as you describe. That having been said, an employer cannot hold an employee's paycheck, even in a case where the employee in fact owes money. So while you owe the money, you could still file a wage claim regarding the withholding of your paycheck.


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