Can my employer require me to pay back a cash handling mistake?

I put the wrong amount in for a credit card tip and the customer called my place of business and disputed the over-charge. Is it illegal for my employer to make me pay it back?

Asked on August 21, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

First of all, your employer cannot deduct for any such matter from your paycheck (absent a signed written agreement to the contrary); such a deductions would be illegal. However, for such a loss, your employer may subject you to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Further, your employer can bring an action in court to try to recover any damages and/or losses it has suffered.

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

First of all, your employer cannot deduct for any such matter from your paycheck (absent a signed written agreement to the contrary); such a deductions would be illegal. However, for such a loss, your employer may subject you to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Further, your employer can bring an action in court to try to recover any damages and/or losses it has suffered.


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