An employer may deduct the amount of cash shortages that are the result of theft or other misappropriation by an employee, even though such a deduction might take the employee below the minimum wage level. However, the employer bears the burden of proving that the employee was personally and directly responsible for the misappropriation. Ordinary cash register shortages, losses of money due to ordinary negligence, and losses due to damage, destruction, or loss of equipment may not be deducted from the wages of employees to the extent that the deductions would take employees below minimum wage.
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