Can my former employer, a bank, freeze my bank account, claiming I was overpaid

I recently quit working for a bank and
started a new job. I still have an
account at that bank, which is where my
last check was deposited on 04/15. On
04/24, they froze my funds. My former
manager claims I was overpaid, so they
froze the funds. Is this legal? If my
check from my new job is deposited, can
they just take it? I was never told I
was overpaid or even how much, they
just froze my account. HR has not
responded to my emails. I am at work
while they are open, so I cannot just
stop by. Please help

Asked on April 25, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Washington

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless you signed a document that allowed this action or it was permitted under the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, this action is illegal. This doesn't mean that you don't owe the money (the fact is that you do any overpayments), it's just means that without a court order your bank account cannot be frozen and monies seized. If your former employer wants the turn of the overpayment, it must either work out an repayment agreement with you or sue you in court.


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