I have a friend in Arizona whose employer refuses to give pay under certain conditions.
It is a live-in place, where she and other people are working for the summer. There is a contract to stay for the duration of the summer. $4 per day is withheld by the employer from the paycheck which will be paid at the end of the contract if the employee has stayed for the entire contract duration. This isn't what struck me as illegal, though.
There are dorm checks, and if anyone in the group does not pass this dorm check, the whole group of employees does not receive their pay. Apparently the missed check is paid the following pay period if the dorms are brought to the standard.
What laws, if any, are violated by the employer here? Is reporting to a government agency a reasonable action? I believe the Department of Labor regulates this sort of thing.
What advice can I give my friend?