Is it legal for my employeer to dock my pay?

I was told on Jan 10, 2012 that I was being docked 30 minutes of pay dated back to Dec 23, 2011 (I am an hourly employee). I was never told of any schedule modifications, but the office manager states that she was told that she was not aloud to approved my time care because someone felt I didn't need to be there at my normally scheduled time of work. I was never told of any schedule changes until 2 weeks later. Is that legal for them to dock me for the time I already worked even though I was not notified of any schedule changes?

1 answer  |  asked Jan 12, 2012 06:32 AM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Bruce Elfvin
Under the FLSA and Ohio law an employer must pay for work that they direct or suffer to be performed. Unless you were told when you reported that you were not scheduled and showed up and were told not to work the employer will more than likely owe the 1/2 hour of pay. The only kicker would be the statutory exemptions which do not seem to apply.

You need to see whether the employer will correct this and if they are doing this to everyone now, you may want to consuld an employment attorney who does wage and hour or FLSA cases.

You can select one near you at

posted by Bruce Elfvin  |  Jan 12, 2012 07:36 AM [EST]

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