Can my employer take $100 from me because I accepted a counterfeit $100 bill without being properly trained on what to check for?

Asked on September 18, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, your employer may not take money from you, such as from your paycheck, without your consent. If an employee does cost an employer money through his/her negligence, or unreasonable carelessness, the employer could seek to get that money from the employee; if the employee will not pay it back voluntarily, the employer could try to sue the employee for the money, in which case it would have to prove, in court, that you were unreasonably careless in what you did. That's the employer's only way to get the money--through winning a lawsuit.

The above said, something to bear in mind: if you do not have an employment contract, you are an employee at will. An employee at will may be fired at any time, for any reason--including that it thinks you are costing it money.

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