Can a non-profit employer force employee to donate 20% of their salary to a non-profit that the employer approves of and require receipts?

Asked on November 14, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, District of Columbia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, the non-profit may *not* do this: employers must pay employees their full salary and cannot set conditions on receiving salary, like donating to a non-profit. (They can require that employees provide and pay for their own tools, uniforms, phones, gas, etc. as necessary to do their jobs if they like, but that is a different matter.)
The employer is free to make donations of its own money in the employees' names, or to let employees have a say in the company's charity. The employer could also consider employee charitable donations as a criteria when it is deciding whom to promote, etc., however.

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