Can my employer withhold funds from my paycheck due to a customer stopping payment?

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Can my employer withhold funds from my paycheck due to a customer stopping payment?

A customer was unhappy with a service call I performed and stopped payment on the check he paid with. My employer then deducted the stopped payment check amount from my paycheck because I was the technician that took the call.

Asked on August 20, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No, your employer may not do this. If you did something which a customer was unhappy with, your employer may write you up, cut your hours, reduce your pay, demote you, suspend you, or terminate you--but may not withhold money for work you have already done.


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