there was an incident at work the other day where I was using the microwave and it almost caught on fire. There was no damages other that the microwave being broken. They are now saying that I must pay for a new microwave or they are going to buy one and then dock the cost from my pay. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Assuming you are liable for the damage -- under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, as long as the deduction does not drop you below the minimum wage per hour ($7.25), it is allowed. You might, however, contact the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry as under the Virginia Wage Payment Act, the employer would be liable for your full wage, not just the applicable minimum wage. https://www.doli.virginia.gov/labor-law/payment-of-wage-english https://www.doli.virginia.gov/labor-law/payment-of-wage-english/. Further, if this department cannot resolve the issue, you can also file in small claims court where you live. Remember, however, if you do so the employer has a right to file a counter-claim.
This is meant as general legal information and is not to be construed as legal advice in an attorney client relationship.
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