Can an employer make a employee pay for gas drive-offs?

This person works at gas station that will not do pre-paid for gas. They have vary many gas drive-offs.

Asked on October 22, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Yes and no.

No, in that if the employee refuses to pay, the employer may not simply take the money out of his/her paycheck. Rather, if the employer believes the employee either intentionally (on purpose) or negligently (unreasonably carelessly) allowed the drive-off, the employer could try to sue the employee for the money but would have to prove their case in court.

Yes, in that the employer could make it a term or condition of employment that employees have to pay for drive-offs...and fire any employee who does not.

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