Q: I'm an independent contractor. My boss has threatened to dock my pay as a punishment, is it legal for this to happen?
I work on a horse ranch. Today I woke up to a sign stating that if things aren't done properly. My pay will be docked. This raised a lot of red flags for me. (Is this legal, how much money is going to be taken off my check.)
Yes it is certainly legal for your employer to notify you (and all other employees) that they need to do a better job tending to the horses. Why?
Because Florida is an “at will” state, which means employers are free to hire, transfer, promote, demote, suspend, reinstate, fire and rehire employees for any reason at any time, i.e., “at will.” The only thing employers cannot do is make any of these adverse employment decisions based upon an employee’s race, age, gender, disability, religion, marital status or national origin.
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