Wage garnishment, sometimes referred to as wage attachment, is the process of deducting money from an employee’s paycheck due to a court order or action by any authorized agency. A creditor cannot garnish an employee’s wage unless he obtained a court order allowing the deduction. However, garnishment for other attachments, such as child support, unpaid court fines, and unpaid income taxes, can be enacted without a court order.
Depending on the state, there are different limitations on the amount that can be garnished from your wage. In Wisconsin, the highest amount that a creditor can deduct from your wage is either 20% of the disposable income or 30 times the federal minimum wage, whichever is lower. However, if you owe child support, spousal support, unpaid taxes, or student loans, a different set of limitations will be applied.
Knowing what is being taken out of your paycheck is your responsibility. If you noticed your employer is incorrectly deducting your pay, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can look into your situation to determine the appropriate legal action to take. Call our Wisconsin office at (414) 271-0900 today.