Can my employer deduct from my paycheck the voids that I have on my register without my knowledge or consent?

Get Legal Help Today

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

Can my employer deduct from my paycheck the voids that I have on my register without my knowledge or consent?

I recently learned from a manager, that is also a friend of mine, that my employer is taking any voids that I have on my register out of my paycheck. I had questioned a $31.25 deduction from my paycheck and was told that it was for food charges, which we are allowed to charge and have deducted. This was not a food charge as it was written as a total beside a charge of mine. When I asked my employer for copies of my receipts she said she would get them for me but never did. The system that is in place on the register is that if I have a void that I am to write “void” on the ticket. I was never told that I would be charged nor did I sign anything agreeing to have that deducted. One of the voids that I had and was charged for was a declined credit card charge for a customer. I had no option other than to void the sale.

Asked on June 3, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

A good many states hold that that an employer may not deduct from an employee's paycheck without prior consent by the employee. However some states allow such deductions out right and still others allow these deductions under certain limited circumstances (dishonesty, gross negligence, etc). Federal law holds that so long as the employee still earns at least the minimum wage after deductions, there's no rule against charging losses and damage to the employee.

What you need to do now is to contact eiphter an emloyment law attorney or your state's department of labor to find out the specific law in your state. Once you determine whether or not your employer's action was legal, you'll know how to proceed.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption