Who is responsible for mistakes made by employees

I made a costly mistake and my
employer is forcing me to pay for it

Asked on March 11, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

Answers:

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

As a general rule, no an employer cannot do this; an employer may not hold an employee accountable for cash shortges, other losses, or breakage due an error or simple negligence. These situations are deemed to be a basic cost of doing business that cannot be passed along to a worker. Further, an employer may not take money out of an employee’s paycheck to pay for such losses shortages or breakage without the employee's written consent. That having been said, an employer may charge an employee for losses caused by their intentional misconduct, including theft, and gross negligence.

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

As a general rule, no an employer cannot do this; an employer may not hold an employee accountable for cash shortges, other losses, or breakage due an error or simple negligence. These situations are deemed to be a basic cost of doing business that cannot be passed along to a worker. Further, an employer may not take money out of an employee’s paycheck to pay for such losses shortages or breakage without the employee's written consent. That having been said, an employer may charge an employee for losses caused by their intentional misconduct, including theft, and gross negligence.


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