They are taking $75 out of my checks until I reach the $500 I owe. We signed an "agreement" upon hire, but I've been told that this is just a piece of paper and ultimately is illegal? Is this true? It is putting me in a tough financial situation and since I just moved to NC, I'm also wondering what my protections are if I were to argue this while still employed, could they fire me just for bringing it up?
Unfortunately, if you signed an agreement to be responsible to pay deductibles for vehicles you damage, the agreement is no illegal. If you did make a stink over it, they do have the right to fire you.
You can complain to the department of labor, which is a regulatory organization and it would be illegal for them to fire you for that...but if they were to fire you, they would look for a "legitimate" reason to do so such as you being late you violating a minor policy rule, so make sure you follow all rules perfectly.
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