My friend just quit his job at Pizza Hut, and now they are withholding his check until he brings back his work shirt and nametag. They never specified that we had to pay for the shirts or charged us for them; they were given to us when we were hired.
Indiana law requires that an employee who voluntarily leaves his job must be paid all the wages due to him not later than the next regular payday. In case of a dispute, the manager could legitimately withhold the amount allegedly due for the uniforms, in which case your friend could sue for the remainder that is due.
Alternatively, the manager could pay the entire amount due to the employee, and then file a lawsuit for the value of the uniform.
Your friend should get in touch with an employment law attorney as soon as possible.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, so if you're in another state, I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
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