Is it legal if my employer is garnishing my wages as a disciplinary action?

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Is it legal if my employer is garnishing my wages as a disciplinary action?

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Asked on July 10, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska

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M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless you gave your written consent for this (i.e. in an employment contract, union agreement or other document), then no it is illegal for an employer to garnish wages as a disciplinary action. The only time that an employer can deduct money from an employee's paycheck (other than with consent) is if it is legally mandated for things such as taxes, child support, a court issued judgment, etc.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless you gave your written consent for this (i.e. in an employment contract, union agreement or other document), then no it is illegal for an employer to garnish wages as a disciplinary action. The only time that an employer can deduct money from an employee's paycheck (other than with consent) is if it is legally mandated for things such as taxes, child support, a court issued judgment, etc.


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