What are am employee’s responsibilities regarding their work uniform?

UPDATED: Jun 6, 2014

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What are am employee’s responsibilities regarding their work uniform?

I worked for a restaurant for about a week. Before being hired I was told everything I needed would be provided for me. On my first day however I was only supplied the uniform. I was told I need to get french acrylic nails, 2 types of different shoes, MAC red lips stick, and some form of pearl earrings and necklace. Is this legal? Also the uniform cost was taken out of my paycheck without my knowledge until I received my paycheck and now my previous employer is saying they will not give me my final paycheck until I return the dress that I apparently paid for. Is this allowed? Lastly every shift I ever worked was over 8 hours and in the entire week I worked there I only received one 15 minute lunch break. Is this legal?

Asked on June 6, 2014 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona


Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

There is no requirment in Arizona for employees to be permitted to take breaks, and there is no such federal requirement.  They can not both charge you for the uniform and then require you to "return" it to them unless they refund the money that was deducted from your first paycheck.  Employment in Arizona is "at will" so they pretty much require anything they want to -- if you do not like it, you do not have to work there, and apparently you no longer do. 

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