Can an Employer withhold a paycheck legally in the state of iowa

The employer is withholding a paycheck claiming there are
damages to smoking within a vehicle that he is going to have
detailed and was angry and gave a mandatory 1 week off without
pay.

Asked on May 29, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Absent an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary, all money earned must be paid. In other words, a company may not withold a paycheck. That having been said, this does not mean that a worker is not responsible for damages caused to company property. If the employee does not pay for damages it caused, then their employer can sue them and/or terminate them.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Absent an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary, all money earned must be paid. In other words, a company may not withold a paycheck. That having been said, this does not mean that a worker is not responsible for damages caused to company property. If the employee does not pay for damages it caused, then their employer can sue them and/or terminate them.


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