Can I have my company reimburse me for tools that I purchased for my job if it now has decided to provide employees tools?

My company has decided to provide tools for my job. Prior to that, we had to buy our own tools and I invested over $3000 buying tools to do my job prior to that. Can I have my company

reimburse the money I invested in purchasing my tools to do my job?

Asked on May 9, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, the company is under no legal obligation whatsoever to reimburse you for your tools: an employer is never required to provide tools for its employees, but could always make providing one's own tools a requirement of employment. Employees unable or unwilling to provide their own tools can seek other employment. Since the company had the right to make you buy your own tools, they have no obligation to reimburse you their cost if they later decided to provide same.

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