Is it legal to make an employee pay for lost money?

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Is it legal to make an employee pay for lost money?

I work at a restaurant as a bartender. At the end of a shift we are suppose to drop our cash in a bag. My drop was lost at the end of one of my shift. Now they are telling me that until I pay that amount that was lost back they will not schedule me.

Asked on March 16, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In CA, for a cash shortage an employer may subject an employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Additionally, the employer can bring an action in court to try to recover any damages and/or losses it has suffered. So unless you have protection against this action under the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, it is legal The fact is that a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit, absent some form of legally actionable discrimination.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In CA, for a cash shortage an employer may subject an employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Additionally, the employer can bring an action in court to try to recover any damages and/or losses it has suffered. So unless you have protection against this action under the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, it is legal The fact is that a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit, absent some form of legally actionable discrimination.


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