Companies Requiring Workers to Pay Work-Related Expenses
Getman, Sweeney & Dunn has handled numerous cases where workers are made to bear work related expenses. For example, some workers have to pay for tools, equipment, a car or truck, travel expenses, cellphones, dues, promotional expenses, and other expenses for their jobs but are not reimbursed for the cost. Under federal law, it is illegal if such work expenses bring your pay below the minimum wage in any week. In addition, shifting any work-related expenses onto workers is simply illegal in many states, regardless of whether the result brings wages below the minimum wage, or not. Some common jobs where workers must bear their employer’s business expenses are pizza delivery drivers, service technicians, and mortgage brokers. If your job requires you to shoulder work-related expenses, call us to determine if the practice is legal. If the expense deductions are illegal, we can help you get your money back.
If you work in this industry and would like to speak with us about whether you were paid all wages you were owed, please send us the information needed by filling out the Industry Inquiry form.