Can my manager make me pay cash back from register shortages.

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Can my manager make me pay cash back from register shortages.

If my register was short under 1 or more
after a shift, my managers add it up and have
asked me to pay them back the debt
accumulated over several shifts. Keep in mind
they had no suspicion of me stealing and no
accounts of negligence. I do not remeber
signing anything that allowed them to do this. I
would understand them wanting me to pay
them back if I was short on a substanial
amount of money, but I only owe 35 over
multiple weeks of working and something about
this seems illegitimate to me.

Asked on April 30, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

They can ask you to pay. If you refuse to, their options are to:
1) Fire you (or anything less than firing, such suspending, demoting, etc.) if they choose to do so due ot the shortage, since unless you have a written employment contract guarantying your job or preventing your firing for this reason, you are an "employee at will" and may be terminated at any time, for any reason--including an unproven suspicion. (Employees at will have no rights to their jobs.)
2) Sue you for the money (e.g. in small claims court), where they'd have to prove you were responsible for the loss.


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