if my cash register is short at the end of the night is it my responsibility to pay what’s missing is it legal for my employer to make me pay it

I work at a check cashing facility and the cash register has been
coming up short lately and the owner is making employees pay what’s
missing is this legal

Asked on April 17, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If your cash register drawer comes up short, under federal law, generally as long as you still earn at least the minimum wage after the payment, there's no rule against charging losses and damage to you. That having been said, most states require an employer to get an employee's written consent before they can deduct the cost of broken merchandise or shortages from the employee's paycheck. To be certain of the law in your state, you can contact the Department of Labor and Industry.

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