Can an employer make me pay out of my own pocket for random mistakes?

I work at a fast food chain and my employer told us that if the safe came up short or any repairs need to be done to our fryers because of us not changing the filter, would be split between all of us shift managers. We are not store managers. We are just shift managers.

Asked on March 4, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Delaware

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, your employer can do this. That is unless this policy violates a union agreement or employment contract or constitutes some form of legal discrimination.
However, as a general rule, such a policy must be expressly stated in advance of your being charged for any shortfalls or damages. Additionally, any such expenses/costs can only be made from your paycheck if you expressly agree to it in writing.


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