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Can my employer force me to repay them for airfare that was

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Can my employer force me to repay them for airfare that was expensed but not used due to illness, since I am now resigning? (It has been 5 months since the missed trip and I did not sign any agreement stating I would repay anything for any reason.)

Good morning,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of the situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Quite simply no, your employer cannot demand that you reimburse them for a flight that you missed due to being ill. Under the law, an employer is obligated to pay all reasonable expenses incurred by an employee for their job---and that includes a flight scheduled but missed. This is the law regardless of whether you booked the flight, paid for it and were reimbursed---or whether con employer booked and initially paid for it. You owe them nothing.

And, it is illegal for them to dock your paycheck for it without your written approval which you won’t give, as you don’t owe the money in the first place.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Doug, thank you for your answer. I just want to confirm that this applies in Michigan because I think I must've clicked on California or something by accident. Also, would you be able to tell me how I can explain this to my employer if it comes up? I guess I wonder if I can say "it's illegal, you can't charge me" as simple as that?

Good afternoon Jennifer,

Yes, it applies to MI as well.

They know full well that they can't charge you for a missed flight. If you want to copy off something to show them---here is a link to the law, and another link to a lay version of the law in MI:

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