My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Texas
I am a shift leader at a national pizza chain location. Yesterday, my manager brought a bunch of masks (Covid-19 masks) to work that he said he had bought with his own money. He handed me the bag and told me to pick out one that I wanted (these had sports teams' logos on the front). I picked mine and he put the rest in a drawer and told me I was not allowed to hand them out. My shift ended yesterday @ 3:00p and the two people I was working with both stayed for later shift times and a new shift lead went in at 3. Today, before I went in, my manager called me up, fussing about missing masks. When I went in for my shift, he continued to fuss at me saying that he knew it wasn't me that took them, but since it was under my supervision, I was financially responsible for their replacement. He even sent me home without the opportunity to work my shift.
(1) There was an entire shift after mine during which I could not have even known if anyone took the masks and (2) if someone on my shift took them without me seeing, how can I be held responsible for that? Ultimately, my manager told me that had had to pay him $100 or be written up for theft and likely terminated.
Is this sort of thing even legal for him to do to me? There is video from cameras in the workplace that could be reviewed to see who actually took that masks, but that hasn't even been brought up. I have spoken to a friend that is a lawyer and he said that I should stand up to them and hold my ground. What do you guys think I should do?