Is it legal for management to require employees to pay out-of-pocket to go home early?

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Is it legal for management to require employees to pay out-of-pocket to go home early?

Management states that they are going to send “x” amount of employees home early because of business being slow; however, it requires that the employees pay in order to leave. Employees are already forfeiting the hours but do they really have to pay to just leave?

Asked on November 14, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Mississippi

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I would have to agree with you completely.  If the employer wants to cut your hours then that is their right if you are what is known as an employee at will.  But charging you to do so?  That is extortion.  I would do this: call the State Department of Labor and your state Attorney General's Office and ask them for help with this matter.  They will be able to point you in the right direction here and they may even take the matter on themselves. One phone call from either of those state organizations should straighten things out. And maybe a bunch of you should file the same complaint.  There is strength in numbers.  Good luck.   


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