Can my employer dock my pay for a personal debt between my boss and I?

I owe my boss long time friend about $800. The debt occurred before I was employed with

him. I’ve been paying him back every paycheck about $200. Recently when I received my check I saw a $200

Asked on August 26, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, it is not legal. An employer may not dock pay for money owed the employer unless the employee agrees to let the employer do that. (More generally: an employer may never deduct from a paycheck for any reason except when the employee consents to the deduction, or when required by law, like court-ordered wage garnishment.) If the employer docks pay without consent, you could file a complaint with the state department of labor, and/or sue (such as in small claims court) for the money. 


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