In the state of MA, can an employer take an unauthorized deduction from an employee’s paycheck?

Additional Information:

Is it legal for an employer to take an unauthorized deduction from an employee’s paycheck for damage done to company property?

ATTORNEY ANSWER:

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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