Is it legal for a company to withholdsalary as a punishmentfor not attending a meeting?

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Is it legal for a company to withholdsalary as a punishmentfor not attending a meeting?

Asked on August 5, 2011 Louisiana

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

No, it is not legal for one's employer to withhold one's paycheck directly or indirectly purposefully as a form of punishment, in your example, not attending a meeting. One's paycheck is earned. An employer cannot arbitrarily withhold one's pay as a punishment.

There are laws against such a practice in many states. If your direct deposit check was withheld because you did not attend a meeting, you should first have a meeting with your direct supervisor about what happened and then your company's human resources department to set a record over the event and make a formal complaint. If your grievances are not adequately addressed at this point, you should consider making a complaint with your local labor department over the incident.

Good luck.


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