Does MA law allow an employer to take unauthorized deductions from employees paycheck?

George (Guest) on Wednesday, October 31 2012, 03:09 PM
While at work I accidently ran the company fork lift in to some inventory. My employer has been deducting the expense from my paycheck even though I told them I do not authorize this. Can they just deduct this money?
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    Replied by Attorney Michael Akerson on Wednesday, October 31 2012, 03:10 PM · Hide · #1
    No, an employer may not take any deduction for such damage, even if ostensibly authorized by the employee under the employer’s policies, unless there has been a court determination that the employee is responsible to the employer for the damage because the deduction violates the “special contract” provision of the Massachusetts Wage Act.
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