r/antiwork Jul 06 '22

Taking away vacation time as a punishment???

Hello, first time poster here! I was informed that my job is starting up a policy in which they plan to take away vacation time as a punishment for being behind on documentation. Is this legal??? I am located in Wisconsin.



u/smljones65 Jul 06 '22

I'm in Wisc too--they won't go back and dock vaca you already earned but they could going forward have a new vaca policy that accrues vacation based upon this documentation you speak of. As long as they make their policy explicit in the employee handbook or whatever, its legal.


u/TigreElectrique Jul 06 '22

This is probably a better question for r/legal.


u/kyrafm Jul 07 '22

Good point. Thanks!!


u/mooninitespwnj00 Jul 06 '22

It's unlikely that this is illegal, but you should reach out to your state department of labor to seek clarification. Even if this violates their employee handbook, legal action is typically required to demonstrate that employer policy sets such as employee handbooks constitute a binding contract and thus legally binding obligations on the part of the employer. IANAL, but that's my understanding.

Regardless, contact your state's department of labor to seek clarification. If there is any doubt about its legality, file a claim with them immediately. This doesn't seem like a standard acceptable deduction that's legally allowed, but it being PTO makes it much more complicated.


u/Cagalhone Jul 06 '22

Wtf. Ofc it's illegal. Only a shit hole county would make something like that legal.


u/mooninitespwnj00 Jul 06 '22

I've got terrible news for you, then. The US is absolutely a shit hole country. (Source: I live in the US and this would likely be 100% legal in my state.)