Is it legal for an ambulance company to take money out of your pay if you wreck a company ambulance or damage it at all?

UPDATED: Aug 1, 2011

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Is it legal for an ambulance company to take money out of your pay if you wreck a company ambulance or damage it at all?

My boyfriend works for an ambulance company and his boss is trying to get all the employees to sign a “contract” stating if they drive the new ambulances and damage them in anyway, the expenses for the damages will come out of their pay. Isn’t that what insurance is for? Is this legal?

Asked on August 1, 2011 Ohio


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Most states have specific laws allowing what an employer can debit or not debit from an employee's paycheck. Such laws allow money for a retirement contribution, insurance and other things that benefit the employee or the employee's family to not be paid directly to the employee, but rather paid elsewhere to benefit the employee.

Sentiment is that any contract that an employee signs with his employer stating that the costs for a damaged ambulance by an employee would be taken out of the employee's pay check by the employer sounds as though it would violate public policy, be in violation of the laws of your state and would not be enforceable.

Your boyfriend might consider calling your county's labor department and making further inquiries with this governmental entity as to what his employer wants him to sign.

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