Hello again and thank you for the additional information. I am still not entirely sure what the situation is. I understand from what you have said that you are not allowed to clock into work before 5, however, you are to be in your workspace at 5. That really doesn't make sense because you can't be in two places at once. If the policy is that you must be in your "workspace" by the starting time, and the clock is elsewhere, then you must be paid for the time it takes to get from your clock in location to your workspace. Although it is lawful for an employer to say that an employee cannot clock in earlier than a certain time, they cannot then use that rule to discipline them if the reasonable time it takes to get to the workspace from the clock makes them late to the workspace. In other words, they can't use the rule as a sword and a shield.
So, if you are supposed to be at your work area at 5 (not just clocked in), and the reasonable time to get to your work area is 3 or 5 minutes (or whatever), then the employer must pay you for that time. They cannot lawfully take an adverse action against you for filing a wage
complaint with the State for unpaid wages. They could, however, if their policies allow, take an adverse action against you for being late to work. So, you will want to make your decision about what you want to do in regards to this extra time based on what I have said about the law.
You might want to first sit down with HR and discuss the issues about when you are to be "allowed" to clock-in and the time it takes to get to your workspace to get their official position on that. It might be that your supervisor is not straight on the policy. If the company though is saying that you must be in your workspace at 5, but refusing to pay you for the distance from the clock to your workspace, then you can file a wage claim with the State and the company cannot lawfully terminate you just because you did that.
Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.