Can a food deduction be taken from your paycheck if you do not eat at work?

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Can a food deduction be taken from your paycheck if you do not eat at work?

My employer is deducting money from our checks for food, whether we eat there or not. I usually bring my lunch but he said if you work 1/2 a shift he is taking $3.00, and $5.00 for a full shift.

Asked on October 12, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I think that this question will require you to seek consultation from an employment attorney in your area.  The taking of the money from your checks for food may be  violation of the Illinois Wage Law in that it may be a taking under your rights to minimum wage under the law.  It is a very compliated issue and it has been litigated in the court system in other cases.  Did you sign any release as to same or any type of contract agreeing to the deduction?  Those papers, if any, will need to be reviewed by the attorney as well.  They will need to be attacked on legal grounds.  Good luck to you.   


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