Can the company I work for legally garnish my wages for unreturned equipment?

I work for a construction company and we are issued fall protection harnesses. We sign a form that states that if the harness is lost or stolen, I will repay them through payroll deductions the value to replace it. Can they legally do this?

Asked on July 18, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written the repayment agreement which is not a garnishment is legal in all states in this country if you lost the subject harness which you apparently did.

You were under no obligation to sign the document but you did. Hence you are bound to the agreement and the payroll deductions for the lost harness.

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