Can my employer automatically deduct from my paycheckthe cost of a fine for a ticket that I received while driving a company vehicle?

I resently got a ticket from a traffic camera while in company vehicle. When I asked to contest the fine and explain my currcumstances in court, the employer denied that request, and took the money from my check without my consent.

Asked on March 3, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Washington


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, an employer may not deduct money from your paycheck, even if you legitimately owe it, without your consent. The only exception to this would be deductions required by law, such as court-ordered wage garnishment (e.g. for child support), FICA, unemployment, etc.

However, if the company believes you drove recklessly and/or cost it money, it would be entitled to terminate your employment if it chose, unless you have a contract protecting or guarantying your employment.

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