Can a employer take more money than agreed upon out of your paycheck?

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Can a employer take more money than agreed upon out of your paycheck?

I have a bill that I am paying off. We agreed on a set amount but he took $100 more than he should have. Can he do this?

Asked on January 27, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No, employers may only deduct money from employees' checks--other than for taxes, or if an employee's wage is being garnished--if the employee agrees to it; that means that the employer cannot take more money out than the employee has agreed to allow the employer to take. If the employer takes too much out and won't return it, you would have the right to sue the employer--though doing so has its own significant costs, both monetary and in  terms of your relationship with the employer.


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