Should my work pay my parking?

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Should my work pay my parking?

My job does not have a parking lot. There is street parking around, with a 2 hour max, since I work 6-8 hour shifts, is not an option. There is a parking garage 6 blocks away. It is $60/month but I sometimes get out of work very late and don’t feel comfortable walking that far alone at night. Which leaves me with one option – valet. It’s right out front and it is 8 during the week and 12 on weekends. The math comes out to $2976 a year. Are there any laws that require employers to compensate you for parking or am I on my own?

Asked on October 8, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that there are no laws that require employers to compensate workers for parking. The only recourse you have here is if an applicable union agreement or employment contract provides otherwise. That having been said, if your emloyer has a policy of paying for employee parking then you might have a claim but only to the extent that you can prove your not also being paid for parking constitutes some form of legally actionable discrimination. Absent that, I'm afraid that you will have to pay for it yourself. 


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