The information will be in the garnishment order and various other documents you should have received. If you did not receive those documents, you can acquire them from the public records. If you cannot acquire or find any of those documents, you can consult with an attorney and outline your debt obligations, and that will provide a good foundation for the attorney to conduct and investigation and find out who is garnishing your wages and why.
No only is your employer allows to tell you, the are REQUIRED to tell you. When the Sheriff's department served the garnishment order on your employer, there was an instruction telling them to give you certainly paperwork related to the garnishment.
I agree with the suggestion of scheduling a meeting with the HR department to see if you can get copies of the applicable documents. You should probably file for a claim of exemption to see if you can stop the wage garnishment and then make an appointment when a local bankruptcy attorney to see about getting rid of this debt.
My office is located in El Cajon if you wish contact me for a free consultation.
First, the firm is a debt relief agency according to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. We help people file for bankruptcy. We also do other stuff and we do it well, but Congress wants me to post this notice.
Second, nothing on this site is legal advice. You are not my client unless you enter into a written agreement signed by you and me.
Here is the form that your employer likely received informing him that he needed to withhold money from your checks. Take a look at #1 on page one, and then go back to your employer with confidence that he needs to provide you with the information you requested:
It may also be the case that you are being garnished if you owe back taxes or child/spousal support. The form would be different, but the employer would still need to tell you.
Brian C. Fenn
<b><a href="http://www.fennlawfirm.com">FENN LAW FIRM</a></b>
29222 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. 102
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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I agree with Mr. Starrett. Your employer was REQUIRED to give you a copy of the Earnings Withholding Order along with Employee Instructions (http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/wg003.pdf) PRIOR to commencing the garnishment.