If my employer is illegally garnishing my wages, what can I do?

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If my employer is illegally garnishing my wages, what can I do?

My employer has illegally garnished my paycheck 4 times in my 1 year employment. She also illegally garnished my co-worker’s checks. I have

enlightened my employer that her actions ar illegal. Every time I bring up a problem, she retaliates by making up something to garnish from my check? What are my options to stop this?

Asked on September 1, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The most straightforward way to proceed is to sue her for the money she illegally took from your wages. If the amount is less than the small claims limit in your state, sue in small claims for the quickest, most cost-effective resolution. The matter could be settled or resolved with an agreement or court order not just to repay you but that she does not do this again in the future. 


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