Last Friday, my longtime employee accepted a fake $100 bill. This is the fourth counterfeit $100 in my business this year, though not by her. It seems I am getting one a month.
After the first fake bill was accepted in January, I docked the employee's pay (without protest) and called all my cashiers to inform them about it and to give them specific instructions on how to check for fake bills. For the next two fake bills, I couldn't tell whose shift it came from, so I ate the loss. However, I called each employee again reminding them about how to accept fake bills. The third time I physically took the fake bill with a real bill and tested each one of them. They all passed the test. They are all aware that I will dock their pay for accepting a fake bill. They also know the many ways to check for a fake bill.
This fourth bill without a doubt came from this employee's shift. I reviewed security tapes and saw that this employee was not following protocol on how to check for fake bills. It was so obviously a fake that I don't know how she didn't catch it (it was Abe Lincoln's face in the watermark on a $100 bill). She is disputing that I can withhold the money from her pay for her error. I know I can fire her for not following protocol. What is the law in California for withholding pay from an employees paycheck for this issue.