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    I work for a kitchen and bath design center in MS. Part of the business is natural stone fabrication. Is it legal to make an employee pay for a slab of granite if he makes a mistake that causes the granite to be scrapped? Ex. sink cutout made to big, parts cut too small, or granite is broken moving from station to station in shop? I am new there and others have had to pay for some mistakes. I wondered if this was legal or is it considered to be a cost of doing business. Seems to put a little extra stress on everyone and wanted to find out for sure before i make any big mistakes.

    Any input would be appreciated.

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    Originally posted by Doekill View Post
    I work for a kitchen and bath design center in MS. Part of the business is natural stone fabrication. Is it legal to make an employee pay for a slab of granite if he makes a mistake that causes the granite to be scrapped? Ex. sink cutout made to big, parts cut too small, or granite is broken moving from station to station in shop? I am new there and others have had to pay for some mistakes. I wondered if this was legal or is it considered to be a cost of doing business. Seems to put a little extra stress on everyone and wanted to find out for sure before i make any big mistakes.

    Any input would be appreciated.
    The quick answer is it depends.

    Usually, the employer cannot deduct such things out of a person's paycheck. However, they can ask you to repay for damages if they wish.

    I usually write this stuff off to normal business expenses. However, if these expenses become excessive, there is nothing that says they cannot fire you for the mistakes.
    Not everything that makes you mad, sad or uncomfortable is legally actionable.

    I am not now nor ever was an attorney.

    Any statements I make are based purely upon my personal experiences and research which may or may not be accurate in a court of law.

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      Ms. is a state that has no restriction re employers making payroll deductions - however, your pay could not go below min. wage or reduce overtime compensation. You really didn't say though that the money was coming out of your pay check.
      They could also, as cyjeff indicated, ask you to pay for the damages (instead of taking it out of your pay check) or take some disciplinary action.
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