What to do if my previous place of employment took $200 from my last paycheck to pay for a lost WIFI card that I had misplaced?

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What to do if my previous place of employment took $200 from my last paycheck to pay for a lost WIFI card that I had misplaced?

I called the WIFI company and found out that the card is being offered for free now. How can I get my $200 back?

Asked on June 7, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you agreed to let them take the money from your check, then they are entitled to it; however, if you did not agree, your employer may not simply deduct money from your paycheck for a lost item.The proper way to get money from an employee for loss or breakage of company property is to sue them.

You could sue them, such as in small claims court, for the return of the money; they could try to show, by way of a counterclaim, that you were responsible for the loss of the card and how much it cost them to replace it. If they can show that you were responsible and it did cost them $200, you would not end up recovering anything.


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