I am a landscaper I mow for a man who has his our company. Last week a fence got broke at a house we mow. Without asking me or anything he talks to the other people and tells them he is taking my money. There is no proof I done anything but mow. I have never signed any paperwork for him. I confronted him when I saw it he said "yeah I took it because the home owner sent me a bill for a broken fence I knew you mowed there." Is he in the right? I didnt hit the fence. There is nothing but a bill. Plus he never even said anything about it until paid a week later when I saw it.
Indiana places strict limitations on deductions from an employee's pay. The requirements for making deductions are quite specific, and include a written authorization from the employee that can be revoked at any time. An employer who willfully violates the law is liable for a penalty of two times the amount of the actual wages owed. In addition, the employer is also required to pay the employees attorney fees and costs.
Because of the relatively low dollar value of these cases, they are usually filed in Small Claims Court.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
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