Is lying about hours worked considered fraud or theft?
3 attorney answers
Your employer has both criminal or civil options. As you we'll know, your conduct is grounds for automatic termination in most employers policy and procedure manual. You may be used as an example for your coworkers. Typically, after concluding their investigation the employer can simply ask that you repay the time either in time or money. If you elect to repay it back make sure you obtain a settlement and release document indicating you repaid the money and the company is releasing you from any and all liability. If you have a good relationship with your employer and no prior disciplinary record, you may be given a break and reinstated with pay and a warning.
Yes, it is theft, subject to both criminal and civil action. Stealing through your paycheck is no different than stealing out of a cash register.