Santa Rosa, CA asked in Employment Law for California

Q: Can my employer require me to pay for a canceled airplane ticket?

Earlier this year I was supposed to travel for a training, paid for by my employer. The training and flight were cancelled. No refund was issued, but the airline did give me a non-transferable coupon for the amount of the flight. My employer wants to be paid back for the flight, even though I was given a coupon and not a refund. My employer is the one who didn't buy insurance, not me. Do I owe my employer cash for the cancelled flight?

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Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
  • Westminster, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If you incurred expense on behalf of your employer then the employer is required to pay that expense. However if you got value for the cancelled flight, that value belongs to your employer.

Good luck to you.

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