I’m working at a restaurant as a server in NYC and I needed to take one day off from work. I told that to my manager and I looked for a replacement. But no one was free. I told another server who work with me at the day. She understood my situation. Since my workplace used to only have one server at each busy time( lunch and dinner) and she was a long-time worker. So I told my manager “I think it is okay to work alone because she said it’s okay and you used to have like a policy that one server at each busy time when I asked to increase sever stuff.” Then she said “ How dare you are. It’s impossibel to work alone at the each busy time. Are you kidding me. You should pay money to restaurant because you skipped your shift.” I’m wondering if it’s legal to ask for money because you could not come to work with reason. And could not get replacement person.
They have the right to ask you. You then have the right to tell them that they must be completely out of their mind and that they are not getting a penny, and that you will remember their insane attitude.
It is not your responsibility to find a replacement - unless for example you work in HR and it is your responsibility to find replacements for anybody who isn’t there. As a server, it’s not your responsibility.
You definitely don't have to pay anything. The restaurant has the money they would have paid you for the shift and there are laws restricting when deductions can be made from your pay.
It's also not your responsibility to find a replacement when you need time off.
Your responsibility is to give the boss sufficient notice - and in turn it's his job to clarify how much notice he needs.