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I worked for a cable tv company and was the only one who drove

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I worked for a cable tv company and was the only one who drove a company mini van, the fuel was paid by the company, I was given a gas card and was told I could only fill up the van 6 times for each month. The problem was that everyone else drove a full size truck that held twice as much gas as this mini van. I ran out of gas after the third week and was told I had to pay for the rest of the month each time it happened. I had just started working there and told my boss I didn't have the money to pay for it, He said everyone only gets 6 fill ups and it don't matter what size tank I have and that I could start looking for another job if I cant. I didn't make enough money too pay for it and was soon fired

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

can I take legal action

Hello again, David.

There are a couple of issues which are presented here. First, an employer is required by state law to reimburse an employee for any expenses which the employee incurs on the employer's behalf so it appears the employer's policy of requiring employees to pay for fuel is unlawful unless the employer was reimbursing the employees.

You can file a complaint with the state labor board about this practice or retain a local attorney to assist you in recovering the expenses you paid on behalf of the employer.

You will typically need an attorney to address the second issue: the bad reference by the employer. Since the reason you were terminated was due to unlawful conduct by the employer, providing you a bad reference could provide grounds to pursue a claim of defamation or interference with contract relations or other tort claims. I would have the attorney communicate a demand to the employer to retract the statements or face legal action.

Another issue is unemployment benefits. Since you were terminated because of the employer's own wrongdoing, I would apply for unemployment benefit promptly and challenge any allegations made against you by this employer.

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