Will I Be Fined for Mistakes?

Can the owner make you sign a paper that takes money from you if you run so many bad parts?
Signed Worried I Will Owe My Boss

Dear Worried I Will Owe My Boss:
Your question is straight forward and deserves a clear yes or no. It is a legal one that a labor attorney might be able to answer depending on the size of your workplace and if your employer has any government contracts. We aren’t attorneys and don’t pretend to know or give advice that might be inadequate or wrong.

Yours is a question to which you might get free advice from a call to a local attorney or from your state’s Department of Labor. However, you probably know the answer to your question.
You know you probably can be fired for a good reason or no reason because apparently you work without a contract secured by union bargaining. This is called an “At Will” employment meaning you can be fired at the will of your employer for any good or no reason just as you can quit for any reason. If you make defective parts, that employer can fire you, and probably also can tell you if you won’t sign a paper in which you agree you will pay for making defective parts, you will be fired. Is that fair and right? You may say, “No, that’s not fair. I do my best and the machine and pressure to work fast causes the defects.” You may be right but if you’ve signed, you will have agreed to pay.

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