Is it lawful for an employer to deduct wages for non work reasons?

Hi. My ex-employer deducted wages in the amount of $275 from my last paycheck. The deduction

was made without my consent for a transaction with a coworker that had nothing to do with

work. The transaction is a purchase of some goods with no invoice which was agreed at $250

with a possible extra $25. The resulting paycheck fell significantly below minimum wage. For

reference it is a small owner operated shop in Winter Park, Florida. Is this lawful and what

should I do? Should I contact them or otherwise try to settle this myself, or do I need

assistance?
Thanks for your any assistance you may be able to offer in this matter.

1 answer  |  asked May 14, 2012 3:47 PM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

Answers (1)

Phyllis Towzey
From what you described, no, this does not appear to be lawful. I believe your employer is in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. My advice is that you tell your employer you have consulted with an attorney, and that they must pay you the $275 that was unlawfully deducted from your paycheck.

If they refuse, then contact me privately and I can give you the names of some lawyers in your area who handle cases like this.

posted by Phyllis Towzey  |  May 14, 2012 4:13 PM [EST]

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