Can an employer force you to pay for a mistake while on the job?

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Can an employer force you to pay for a mistake while on the job?

I warrantied a repair on a car that hadrecently expired and now I am being forced tp pay for the repair.

Asked on November 24, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Yes, if you either intentionally or negligently (carelessly) did something wrong, costing your employer money, the employer could sue you to recover the money from you. The employer is not obligated to absorb the cost of mistakes which you make. They can't simply withhold it from your paycheck, not unless you agreed to let them do this, but would have to sue you and win, establishing their entitlement to the money.

They also could fire you, unless you have an employment contract guarantying or protecting your employment, for making this mistake.


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