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    I had a minor accident with my work van.
    My employer said that if insurance did not cover it, I would be responsible for the bill.
    He stated my pay would be garnished by him.

    How is it my fault he has crap insurance?

    I never signed anything, I just nodded at whatever he was saying and reported here promptly.

  • #2
    Generally, employers are not allowed to take deductions from paychecks unless they are authorized by the employee (i.e., for tax withholding, health insurance, etc.). It would be lawful, however, for the employer to sue you for the damages or to terminate you for having an accident.
    I am not able to respond to private messages. Thanks!


    • #3
      AZ may indeed have such a rule (not my state), but the feds very much do not.
      "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away".
      Philip K. **** (1928-1982)


      • #4
        Arizona law does require written authorization OR (and this is the catch-all) "when a good faith dispute" exists. Whatever that means.
        I don't respond to Private Messages unless the moderator specifically refers you to me for that purpose. Thank you.


        • #5
          Good enough. So in AZ anyhow this indeed may be an issue. But in many other states, it certainly is not. And under federal rules (FLSA) it certainly is not.
          "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away".
          Philip K. **** (1928-1982)


          • #6
            This is what Az. says about wage deductions:

            No employer may withhold or divert any portion of an employee's wages unless one of the following applies:

            1. The employer is required or empowered to do so by state or federal law.

            2. The employer has prior written authorization from the employee.

            3. There is a reasonable good faith dispute as to the amount of wages due. (ARS 23-352)
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            • #7
              Based on that the deduction sounds illegal. HOWEVER, the deduction being illegal does not mean that the employer taking the employee to court would not work legally. This would legally be two very different issues.
              "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away".
              Philip K. **** (1928-1982)


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