Is it legal for a company to charge me for something after termination?

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Is it legal for a company to charge me for something after termination?

I was recently terminated at my job with a cruise line. I believe that I was wrongfully terminated due to alcohol. However, I was not on duty at the time, so I should not have been terminated. Regardless, they sent me home and gave me a flight ticket back to my home town. Now, they are trying to take money directly from my account for the flight ticket. I was not notified that they would be charging me for the ticket it was quite expensive as it was last minute and I could have easily stayed with friends until the ticket prices were more

reasonable, and I believe I still would not have been notified about being charged for the ticket except that I followed up with the company as to why money was being removed from my account. Is this legal?

Asked on August 17, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, they can not take the money from your account unless you agreed to let them do so. Moreover, they cannot even charge you for the ticket unless you agreed in advance (before they purchased it and gave it to you) that you would reimburse them for the ticket: if they simply bought the ticket and gave it to you before you agreed to pay for it, they made it a gift to you and are not entitled to reimbursement--you have to agree to pay for something, and they cannot make you pay by doing it for you without your consent. If they did take money from you when you had never agreed to pay for it, you could sue them for its return.


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