Seattle, WA asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Washington

Q: found out my manager has been getting his pay docked whenever the owner decides too many people called out. That Legal?

I work at a glassblowing studio where everyone works 40 hours a week of constant physical labor, it regularly gets above 100 degrees and many safety precautions are often not put as top priority. Needless to say call outs happen occasionally.

I recently found out that my wonderful manager has been regularly financially penalized for everyone else's callouts. The owners believe that he should be more strict even though we often come in more frequently for him. Is this legal or is there something we can do?? Oh also as a little cherry on top the owner is not a glassblower at all (no idea how much work we do) and will regularly come down into the studio just to light a cigarette and smoke it near us!!

1 Lawyer Answer
Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: An employer may not discipline an employee by "docking" their earned pay. The manager should speak with an employment attorney about their rights.

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