Employee In Debt to Employer?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors:

Can an employee owe an employer money?

Signed, Money Trapped

Dear Money Trapped:

There are circumstances where an employee may owe money to an employer, but usually they know why they owe the money and it’s been agreed upon. For example, an employee might pay for special training or for uniforms. An employer could also say an employee owes money for damage to an item or because the cash drawer is short or for similar situations. If the employee signed a contract, he or she is responsible for paying the employer. If not, the employer might have a hard time collecting.

Don’t let this get worse by ignoring it. Ask your employer to explain it and see if you think the request is fair. If you have a friend with business knowledge or have a contact that might assist you, ask that person for advice about your specific situation. They will know you and your work situation better than we can. Best wishes to you with this.

Tina Lewis Rowe