I work at a privately owned all year around produce store. Let me begin by stating in my handbook it was written that a cashier isnt allowed to take a check more than $50 and check number must be higher than 500. Two days ago I took a check from a customer who bought $54.12 worth of merchandise. At the time I was so busy I had forgotten that we were unable to take a check more than $50. Essentially I should I had the customer write a check for $50 and an additional check for $4.12. I did however check the check number which was 1181 and I wrote the customers drivers license number and the expiration date along with a telephone number.
Upon receiving my paycheck today I was informed that he, my boss and store owner, thought that the check was suspicious due to the address and the check number being low is what he told me. He felt that the name of the street which was dreamland way was fake and that the check number was low meaning that the account was relatively new. He added up my time from last week and Deducted $54.12 from my check. His reasoning was that if the check came back bad that I would be held responsible. I may add that this place only excepts checks cash or food stamp cards no debit or credit cards can be used. Afterwords I checked the bag checklist we have posted at the register and neither the man or the woman on the check or on our list. How is this possible?
He did to make the comment that I did not know at the time of the purchase that the check could've possibly been that but at the same time he's holding my pay. If this check does come back fraudulent he will take the $54.12 out of my paycheck how can he do this legally and if he can't what are ways that I can fight this? Might I add this is a small business with an owner operator who runs it and there are no corporate offices or district offices or any higher ups.
If he dies.the $54.12 from my pay how can I make him pay me?