Can my employer take money from my paycheck?

I work at a auto mechanic and when
doing a oil change i messed up a car.
Now the car needs a new engine which
will be 4000. I have not sgined any
documents stating that my employer can
take money from my paycheck or that i
am liable for any cars that i mess up.
Now my boss is trying to take the money
from my paychecks. What should i do?

Asked on April 19, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, you employer may not take money from your check without your consent, and if he does, you could contact the state department of labor to file a complaint and/or sue the employer (e.g in small claims court) for the money. 
Your employer may sue you for the money, if the employer believes you were at fault (e.g. negligent or careless) in causing the damage--and if you were at fault, would likely win the lawsuit.
Your employer could also fire you, if it wanted, if you don't have an employment contract preventing this. Or it could reduce your pay, demote you, suspend you, cut your hours, etc. if you don't have a written employment contract, your employer may take any disciplinary action it wishes, up to and including termination.


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