Can your boss take your paycheck without your consent

My general manager is also my landlord.
I have been ill and missed work and
fell behind on rent. I am working on a
way to get the back rent paid but my
boss just took my pay from me.

Asked on April 12, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

An employeer can never withold an employee's paycheck. This is a violation of the law, so you can report this action to your state's department of labor and file a wage claim. That having been said, this does not means that you don't owe the money; it's just that the proper way for your "landlord" to get paid is to take you to court (if necesary).

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