Had an accident in the parking lot at my shop and got fired and owner took out 500 dollars out of my check is this legal

I work at Goodyear and had an accident
and the owner fired me and took 500
dollars out of my check is this legal

Asked on March 18, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Other than for taxes, child support, wage garnishments and the like, as a general rule an employer can only make deductions from an employee's paycheck if the employee gave their express written consent. This does not mean that the employee does not owe for an accident, it's just that other repayment arrangements would have to be made; if they are not then an employer has the right to sue the employee. That having been said, a few states consider an accident the cost of doing business so an employee cannot be held liable for them. To find the law in your area, you can contact your state's department of labor or consult directly with a local employment law attorney.

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