Can an employer garnish my wages for a broken laptop?

Simply put I spilled my drink on a work computer and it needed to be replaced. Is it legal for them to hold me liable for that laptop and garnish my wages for the cost of a new one?

1 answer  |  asked Dec 6, 2012 2:47 PM [EST]  |  applies to New York

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Jeanne M. Valentine
It is unlawful to deduct anything from wages except taxes, insurance and authorized investment payments. The employer must pay you exactly what you earned less those enumerated deductions. They can go after you in other ways to get the money for the broken lap top. They can fire you, they can demote you, they can sue you. But they cannot withhold your earned pay unless they have a court order permitting them to do so.
Good luck.

posted by Jeanne M. Valentine  |  Dec 6, 2012 3:04 PM [EST]

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