Expense Reimbursement and Unlawful Deductions

When you look at your paycheck, you expect to see deductions for tax withholdings and social security. What you should not see is your employer taking unlawful deductions in order to minimize their expenses and the amount that they owe you in compensation.

At David Yeremian & Associates, Inc., a Glendale, California, employment law firm focusing on wage and hour issues, we understand that you work hard for your paycheck. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping workers ensure that they have access to all of the compensation that they deserve.


When you pay out of pocket for many work-related expenses, you expect to be reimbursed for the cost by your employer. Most employees are entitled to reimbursement for money spent on items such as:

  • Uniforms
  • Work conducted through the use of employee cellphones
  • Mileage for work related travel at the standard rate set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Plane tickets, hotel reservations and restaurant expenses incurred for work-related travel

In addition to failing to reimburse workers for legitimate work-related expenses, some employers attempt to deduct their overhead costs — such as insurance, maintenance, tools and equipment — from employee paychecks. Others illegally use deductions to punish employees for alleged broken equipment, cash registers that came up short or dissatisfied customers.

At David Yeremian & Associates, Inc., we work hard to defend our clients’ rights and their paychecks. If you believe that you are not being reimbursed properly for expenses or question the deductions that your employer makes from your paycheck, we can help. Our attorneys will take the time to talk through your concerns, and advise you of your rights and options, free of charge.

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