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Unlawful Pay Deductions for Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Property

In certain circumstances, employers have the right to make deductions from their employees’ pay for losses that their actions may have caused. This can include either physical damage or loss of property, as well as more intangible losses, such as those caused by poor service work. However, regardless of the specific underlying cause, far too many employers abuse this right, unlawfully deducting pay that should rightfully be an employee’s.

If you have reason to believe that your employer has unfairly deducted money from your pay, you may be entitled to pursue legal action in order to secure the correct and fair amount of take-home pay.

Wisconsin Pay Deduction Requirements

In order for an employer to lawfully deduct pay from their employees’ wages for lost, stolen, or damaged property, they must first:

  • Obtain the employee’s consent for the deduction
  • Obtain that consent in writing
  • Obtain consent before the deduction but after the actual loss occurred

Failure to follow these steps are just some of the many different ways that Wisconsin employers may violate the law by deducting the costs of lost, stolen, or damaged property from employee pay, resulting in employees receiving far less than they rightfully deserve.

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If you believe that your employer has unfairly made deductions from your pay, you may be able to take legal action to secure the wages that you have rightfully earned. Contact Jason Knutson at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 608-255-6663 to learn more about how our attorneys can help you fight for full and fair payment.