What to do if my employer took out the normal deductions from my paycheck but then deducted travel fees that left me with no paycheck at all?

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What to do if my employer took out the normal deductions from my paycheck but then deducted travel fees that left me with no paycheck at all?

Can they legally do that or is there only a certain percent they can deduct? They company I work for is based in one stae but I work out of another. They company told me they can’t even verify the trips they are taking out of my paycheck because they company i work for was bought out and the old company told them to collect on it.

Asked on June 24, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

No, this is not legal.

1) An employer may not deduct any amounts from an employee's paycheck without his/her consent other than amounts required by law (such as FICA or court-ordered garnishment).

2) If the employer believes you owe it money, its recourse is to sue you (assuming you do not choose to pay voluntarily) and prove in court that you actually owe the money. If they have no documentation, they would not be able to do it.

If they have taken money out without your permission, you could sue them, such as in small claims court, for its return.


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