What to do if my ex-employer deducted $390 from my last paycheck without my approval?

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What to do if my ex-employer deducted $390 from my last paycheck without my approval?

Money was deducted for airplane ticket with was purchased 3 years ago on company American Express card. Can I claim this money back at small claim court or labor department?”

Asked on December 17, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You could file a complaint with the labor department and see if they'll take it. (They may not; they may conclude this is better handled by you suing). Or you could sue. Your employer may not deduct money from you, including from your last paycheck, without your approval. Of course, if you do owe them the money (for example: you charged an airline ticket you should not have) they could also sue you--or counterclaim, if you sue them--for the money you owe. Thus, if you truly owe the money, they are entitled to it; and while they, in this case, took it the wrong way, once you open up a lawsuit, they could file their own claim. Therefore, if you the money, it is probably not worthwhile to do anything.


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