Unpaid Work Expenses
A California employer is required by law to reimburse an employer “for all necessary expenditures or losses incurred by the employee in direct consequence of the discharge of his or her duties . . . .” Cal. Lab. Code § 2802. This includes employees using their own cars or cellular phones for work-related purposes, or employees having to pay out-of-pocket for work-related items such as training and seminar costs, tools, equipment or uniforms.
If an employer fails to pay or reimburse one or more employees for such necessary expenditures, they can sue for reimbursement and other damages and penalties under various Labor Code provisions, including sections 2802 and 2699(f)(2) of the California Labor Code.