Can they withhold my paycheck?

I work the night shift. Wednesday is payday. Recently the management posted a mandatory meeting during dayshift hours and stated that if an employee does not attend the meeting, they will NOT be given their paycheck. Is this legal? Thank you.

Posted  09-23-2011

Ann Kiernan replies:

No, this is not legal! An employer can discipline you for not attending a mandatory meeting, but it cannot withhold your paycheck as discipline. And by the way, you are entitled to be paid for that mandatory meeting, and to get overtime pay if that puts you over 40 hours for the week.

You can check the website of the Texas Workforce Commission for detailed wage payment information for your state.

Good luck.

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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.