Can my boss take my money?

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Can my boss take my money?

I work front desk at a hotel called Microtel Inn. I was trained for three days and thrown up here and expected to know everything. Of course I ran into some issues because of lack of training. Anyway I’e been up here for going on two months and am seeking legal advice because I have come across an issue where, somehow four guests rooms where not paid for. When you check in a guest, you are supposed to always swipe their credit card especially for third parties incase the number is declined. I have always swiped a credit card when checking in guests. Well the issue is there are four different incidents where the actual guests card did not save and the card for the third party was declined so basically these rooms were free for the guests. My boss informed me it was over 325 dollars and I would have to pay it. Can she legally make me pay this? Am I legally inclined to hand her money? What should I do ?

Asked on November 1, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri


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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Unless the terms of an employment contract or union agreement provide otherwise, then yes you can be held liable for this mistake and made to pay for it. The fact is that most employment is what is known as "at will". This means that a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit. For your part you can either repay the money or refuse but risk termination. That having been said, the law does not let an employer take money from a worker's paycheck unless they agree to the deduction but your employer could still sue you for the shortage.

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