Can a employer make you have a certain amount of money in your pocket before starting your shift?

I work at a restaurant, and the owners will not let me clock in unless I have $20 in my pocket. Is this legal?

Asked on August 2, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, this is legal. Employers may set the terms and conditions for work. This can include requiring employees (especially those who may have to make change, for example) to have money on them before their shift starts, just as employers may set dress/hair/hygiene/body art codes; require uniforms; require cell phones (or ban cell phones); etc.

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