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Is it legal for employers to try to make you pay out of pocket for mistakes not made by you

Riverview, MI |

my wife works at a hotel...a mistake was made(not by her) and a room wasnt cleaned the manager is try to make the housekeepers pay out of pocket for the room my wife refuses now shes getting written up

in MI...it says nothing about this in her employee handbook

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Attorney answers 2

Posted

Sounds really BOGUS. These employers will try to
UNDERPAY, OVERWORK and DISCILPLINE for
ANY REASON . . . IF THEY CAN GET AWAY
WITH IT. They want you to pay for another's
mistake. Just say "NO" and fight the write-up.
Do you have a union? Is this a MAJOR HOTEL
CHAIN -or- a small local hotel? I've been helping
employees for 25+ years as a union steward,
chief steward and attorney. CALL ME to discuss.
Good luck!

THIS ANSWER IS PURELY FOR ACADEMIC DISCUSSION ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE ANY TYPE OF LEGAL ADVICE OR LEGAL REPRESENTATION.

Posted

If she is not paid (or $$ withheld against her will/wrongfully) she can file a complaint with the wage and hour division of the State of Michigan -- if the employers actions are wrong and it is found intentional I believe, but am not sure, that she can get triple pay.

If she is "written up" what does that mean? What penalties? is she unionized? in other words does it matter..

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