Unlawful Pay Deductions

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In certain circumstances, Wisconsin law grants employers the right to deduct the costs of damaged or lost property from their employees’ pay. However, far too many employers abuse this right, unlawfully depriving their employees of the full pay they deserve for costs which an employee should not legally shoulder.

Although there are certain circumstances under which an employer can legally deduct a certain amount of pay from an employee’s wages, many employees violate these fairly strict regulations, deducting pay when they should not. In such a situation, employees may be entitled to seek their full compensation by taking legal action against their employers.

Legal Requirements For Pay Deductions

In order for an employer to legally deduct the costs of lost, stolen, or damaged property from their employees, they must first follow specific guidelines established under Wisconsin law. These guidelines prohibit an employer from making this type of deduction unless:

  • The employee consents to the deduction
  • The employee provides the consent in writing
  • The employee’s consent is provided after the loss at issue but before the deduction in pay

Additionally, a number of other requirements limit the circumstances in which an employer may deduct losses from an employee’s pay.

How can Habush Help?

Habush Habush & Rottier will work with you to determine if your employer has in fact made an illegal payroll deduction. It can be confusing to determine which deductions are legal and which ones are violations of your rights.

At Habush Habush & Rottier we will sit down with you, understand your situation, and help you understand the payroll deduction laws in the state of Wisconsin. If your employer has deducted pay for defective workmanship, lost or stolen property, or property damage in a way that does not meet the requirements of the law, contact Attorneys Jason Knutson or Breanne Snapp at 608-255-6663.