Question : What do the following people have in common?:

  •  A cashier forced to pay back the company for cash register shortages;
  •  A retail salesperson not reimbursed for buying company clothing as his work uniform;
  •  A manager with a reduced bonus due to the losses in another department/division;
  •  A saleswoman losing her commission after the customer defaults on a payment installment;
  •  An hourly associate charged for lost keys, tools, supplies or other company materials.
Answer : Their employer is probably violating California’s employee reimbursement laws. In essence, those laws prevent an employer from collecting or receiving from an employee wages already paid to the employee. Moreover, they say that employees must be reimbursed for all necessary expenditures or losses incurred in the course of their work. Are these rules ever broken? You bet they are.

Although workers across the state have recovered sizable awards against their current and former employers for reimbursement violations, other companies are slow to change. If this is happening to you, get informed. Your paycheck is your property, not your employer’s.

The legal system is set up to “level the playing field” and give workers the power to correct workplace abuses. Scott Cole & Associates has served California’s workforce for many years as one of the state’s most respected workers’ rights law firms and has recovered massive and record-setting settlements for employees for workplace abuses. For a confidential discussion of your rights against a former or current employer and/or to submit a claim, contact us for more information.